Veteran and Builder candidates for the National Soccer Hall of Fame announced

Four retired players meeting the criteria are among the eligible 2020 candidates for the National Soccer Hall of Fame to be included on the Veteran ballot.

They include former U.S. national team players Frank Klopas and Taylor Twellman as well as former MLS star Marco Etcheverry and former indoor star Slavisa Zungul.

New candidates in the Builder category include MLS president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott, as well as New England Revolution operator-investor Robert Kraft, Richard Groff, Sandra Hunt and Jim Trecker.

Veteran Ballot
Chris Armas
John Doyle
Marco Etcheverry*
Mary Harvey
Chris Henderson
Frank Klopas*
Shep Messing
Tiffany Roberts
Taylor Twellman*
Greg Vanney
Tisha Venturini-Hoch
Slavisa "Steve" Zungul*

Builder Ballot
Mark Abbott*
Esse Baharmast
Joe Cummings
Richard Groff*
Sandra Hunt*
Robert Kraft*
Francisco Marcos
Thom Meredith
Kevin Payne
Jim Trecker*
*First year of eligibility

2 comments about "Veteran and Builder candidates for the National Soccer Hall of Fame announced".
  1. Ginger Peeler, March 14, 2020 at 9:04 a.m.

    How could "The Lord of All Indoors", Steve Zungul, not already be in the National Soccer Hall of Fame?  Does it really take close to 30 years before you become eligible?  The man could have taught clinics on all aspects of the game. Awesome skills! Awesome player!
    And Essie Baharmast? The referee that I loved to watch calling the indoor games. He was one of the few indoor refs who would jump up and "walk the glass" to avoid inadvertent contact with the ball. Of course, he went back to refereeing the outdoor game when the outdoor leagues finally recovered. I believe Essie was the FIRST referee from the United States to EVER call a World Cup game: Brazil vs Norway. He was sent home after that game because people thought he had, wrongly, awarded a PK near the end of the game , thus influencing the outcome. Too little, too late, Essie was vindicated when camera footage was discovered 2 days later that clearly showed the infraction. He has spent so much of his time working with and for referees, teaching and training them. As with Zungul, Essie should have been recognized and honored by our soccer society years ago. 

  2. Bob Ashpole replied, March 14, 2020 at 1:49 p.m.

    Great insights, Ginger. Thank you.

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