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1. Four retired players meeting the criteria are among the eligible 2020 candidates for the National Soccer Hall of Fame 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.

Hall of Fame: Veteran and Builder candidates

2. Benny Feilhaber announced today his retirement from professional soccer after a 15-year career that included nine seasons in MLS and stints in Germany, England and Denmark. He scored the winning goal for the USA in its 2-1 win over Mexico in the 2007 Gold Cup final and represented the USA at the 2010 World Cup. He won MLS Cup 2013 and two U.S. Open Cup championships with Sporting Kansas City.

3. Former U.S. under-17 national team players Kobe Hernandez-Foster and Bryang Kayo played for German club Wolfsburg's second team in a 10-0 friendly win over Lupo/Martini Wolfsburg over the weekend. Both Hernandez-Foster and Kayo, who played for the USA at the 2019 Under-17 World Cup, aren't eligible to register with a foreign club until July when they turn 18.
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