The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced finalists for the 2023 Hall of Fame class on Thursday. As many as three players, two veterans, and one builder can be selected for the class that will be announced on May 6 after picked by committee vote.
Twenty players, 10 veterans and four builders are on the ballot.Player Ballot Finalists
• Players are eligible in the player category for a maximum of seven years and are only eligible after three years of full retirement.
• Player finalists in their first year of eligibility include DaMarcus Beasley and Landon Donovan.
• The top vote getters who didn't get elected to the 2022 Class and are 2023 finalists are Lauren Cheney Holiday (75%) and Josh McKinney (72.9%).
Veteran Ballot Finalists
Kate Sobrero Markgraf
Slavisa "Steve" Zungul
• The veteran category is for players who were not selected when they were eligible for the player category and have been fully retired for at least 10 years. This year’s ballot class includes three women and seven men and players born in Ecuador, Serbia and the United States.
• The top vote getter who didn't get elected to the 2022 Class and is on the 2023 ballot is Kate Sobrero Markgraf (70.8%).
• All of the veteran finalists represented either the men’s or women’s national teams except Steve Zungul, who defected in December 1978 to escape mandatory military service in Yugoslavia (present-day Serbia) and became one of the most successful strikers in American indoor soccer history.
Builder Ballot Finalists
• The builder category is for coaches, referees, owners and administrators. This year’s selection will be a coach, per the rotation determined in 2020.
• Selection committee members: by category;
• Election and eligibility procedures.