U.S. Soccer

Builder Eligibility List

CRITERIA: All candidates must be at least 50 years old by Dec. 31, 2014 and must have had a positive impact on American soccer at the national federation or first-division level lasting at least 10 years. An exception to this 10-year rule applies to referees, whose time at the top of their profession is limited because they are required by FIFA to retire as international referees at age 45. Therefore, seven years as a FIFA international referee is considered sufficient. Elected officers and full-time employees of the U.S. Soccer Federation and the National Hall of Fame will not appear on the Builders ballot during the time that they hold those positions. Any person who has been officially suspended by FIFA, CONCACAF, U.S. Soccer, the IOC or the USOC will be ineligible to appear on this list during the duration of that suspension.

ABOUT THIS LIST: This is the list of people that it has been determined meet the requirements to be placed on the builder ballot for election into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2014. This list is based on the criteria that were established by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors in April 2007.

PLEASE NOTE: Because non-playing accomplishments are not subject to the sort of statistical recordkeeping that playing accomplishment are, it is sometimes difficult to determine who has and who has not met those criteria. However, the Hall of Fame's historians have examined all the available materials and made determinations that most of the people on this list have met the criteria. The exception applies to people who were already on the Builders eligibility list before those definite criteria were established and who are older than 50 years old. Those people have been grandfathered onto this list whether they have met those criteria or not. When available, birthdates have been included below.

Chuck Blazer
(born April 26, 1945)

An official of various soccer organizations. Blazer was a U.S. Soccer Federation official for several years in the 1980s, one of the founders of the third ASL in 1988, and served as General Secretary of CONCACAF from 1991 to 2011. In 1996, he was named to a place on the FIFA Executive Committee.

Gianfranco Borroni
(born 1937)

A foundation and amateur soccer official. Borroni was a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Board of Directors from 1989 to 1997. He has been a member of the U.S. Soccer Foundation Board of Directors from 1993 to 2004 and 2006 to present, and chairman of its grant committee since 2007. He was Chairman of the United States Adult Soccer Association from 1991 to 1998.

Bob Bradley
(born March 3, 1958)

An MLS and U.S. National Team coach. Bradley was coach of the Chicago Fire from 1998 to 2002, winning an MLS title and two U.S. Open Cup titles, the MetroStars from 2003 to ‘05 and Chivas USA in 2006. He served as coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team from 2007 to 2011 during which time he led the team to the 2007 Gold Cup title, the final of the 2009 Confederations Cup and at the 2010 World Cup. He served as the coach of the Egyptian National Team from 2011 to ‘13. He was MLS Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2006.

Bob Contiguglia
(born Sept. 14, 1941)

Former President of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Contiguglia, who had served from 1990 to 1996 as Chairman of U.S. Youth Soccer was elected to the USSF presidency in 1998 and re-elected to a second four-year term in 2002.

Don Garber
(born Oct. 9, 1957)

The Commissioner of Major League Soccer. Garber, a former NFL official, was named MLS Commissioner in the summer of 1999, and became one of the leading voices for American soccer.

Burton Haimes
(born May 22, 1943)

A leading youth soccer administrator. Haimes has served as President and Chairman of the American Youth Soccer Organization, and also at various times as a member of the Boards of Directors of the U.S. Soccer Federation and the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Francisco Marcos
(born 1945)

Longtime leader of the United Soccer Leagues. Marcos, an official of several NASL teams, founded the USL in 1987 as the Southwest Indoor Soccer League and led its growth through a series of phases. He also has been Commissioner of the A-League and a Vice President of the USSF.

Fritz Marth
(deceased)

Longtime executive director of the U.S. Amateur Soccer Association. Marth was leader of that organization from 1981 to 2002, including the years when it conducted the U.S. Open Cup along with its other tournaments.

Sigi Schmid
(born March 20, 1953)

A college and MLS coach. Schmid coached the Los Angeles Galaxy from 1999 to 2004, the Columbus Crew from 2006 to 2008 and the Seattle Sounders from 2009 to present. Earlier, he had been coach at UCLA for 19 years, winning three NCAA titles, and an assistant coach of the U.S. team at the 1994 World Cup. MLS Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2008.