U.S. Soccer

Player Eligibility List

CRITERIA: In order to meet the player eligibility criteria established by the Board of Directors, a player must have met No. 1 and either No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 of the following four criteria:

  1. A player must have been retired for at least three full calendar years, but for no more than 10 full calendar years (for purposes of the 2014 election, this means that a player must have retired no later than 2010 and no earlier than 2004).
  2. A player must have played at least 20 full international games for the United States. This 20-game requirement is reduced to 10 games if the games were prior to 1990.
  3. A player must have played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and been a postseason league all-star at least once.
  4. Played at least five seasons in the Major Indoor Soccer League between the end of the NASL in 1984 and the end of the MISL in 1992, and been selected as a first-team postseason all-star in at least one of those seasons.

Players who have met No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 but have been retired for more than 10 years appear on the Veterans Eligibility List. Players who have failed to be named on at least five percent of the ballots in any election have been removed from this ballot for subsequent elections, but will be added to the Veterans ballot when they have been retired for more than 10 years.

ABOUT THIS LIST: The following is the list of players who meet the eligibility criteria approved by the Board of Directors of the National Soccer Hall of Fame to be candidates in the election that will choose the Player(s) to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014. These capsule biographies include both information about the achievements that enabled these players to meet the eligibility criteria and other information about their careers. The statement of how he or she met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria appears in bold italics just after the statement of when they last played in various teams and leagues.

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.

The eligibility criteria were changed slightly by the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors in 2008. This list contains some players who do not meet the new criteria, but did meet the old criteria. They have been retained on this list, as the criteria change approved in 2008 specified that players already on the list would not be dropped as a result of the change.

The eligibility criteria was changed by the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors in 2013 to allow a onetime inclusion of eligible MISL players via criteria 4 above. In additional to new candidates added to the ballot, the bios of the affected candidates already on the ballot have been changed where necessary to reflect this additional achievement.

PLEASE NOTE: This list includes both information about the achievements that enabled these players to meet the eligibility criteria and other information about their playing careers as well as mention of non-playing achievements that might qualify a person in the future for the Builders Eligibility List.

Players on this list are grouped by the year that they last played. This refers to retirement from playing soccer in the United States at any professional or semiprofessional level including official non-league events such as the U.S. Open Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League, or from professional or semiprofessional soccer in a foreign country if the player is American.

If the player is not American but has met the eligibility criteria through his or her play in United States professional leagues, he or she is considered to be retired for purposes of this list upon departing from American professional soccer, unless he or she continues playing professional soccer in another country at a level ruled by the Hall of Fame’s historians to be equivalent to or better than the top American leagues. This level has usually been defined for men as including the first division of any country that has ever qualified for the World Cup, the first division of his native country, the second division of any country that has won the World Cup, and his national team. It has been defined for women as including the women’s first division of any country that has ever reached the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup, the women’s first division of her native country and her national team.

Foreign players play in other countries is not usually cited, because play by foreign players in foreign leagues and with the national teams of other countries has no bearing on their qualifications for the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Years of play in foreign professional leagues by American players (including foreign-born players who later became American citizens and were eligible to play for the United States) are cited here.

References to Americans playing professionally "outside the United States" refer to playing in foreign leagues, not to playing on foreign soil for U.S. national teams or American clubs. It also does not refer to playing for Canadian or Puerto Rican teams in U.S.-based leagues.

Definitions & Clarifications:
American first-division professional league: the original North American Soccer League, Major League Soccer Women’s United Soccer Association or the Women’s Professional Soccer

MLS All-Star: selection to the postseason MLS Best Eleven.

WUSA All-Star: selection to the postseason All-WUSA First Team.

NASL champion, MLS champion, WUSA champion, WPS champion, or U.S. Open Cup champion: that the player played for the winning team in the championship game or series.

U.S. National Team: the full senior national team only (for either men or women), and not any of the other national teams, such as age-group teams, fielded by the USSF.

Professional leagues: when used in reference to an American player’s career in a foreign country, indicates that not all of the player’s career there was in the same league or division.

Full calendar year: January 1 through December 31.

Retirement: the year of the player’s final official game, rather than the year when he or she actually announced their retirement, which often was not the same year.

Last year of eligibility: refer only to eligibility for this Players election process.

Year that a player last played on the U.S. National Team: refers to full international games only.

The numbering of the divisions in English professional soccer has changed several times in recent years. On this list, the four divisions of English professional soccer are always referred to, in descending order, as the Premier League, second division, third division and fourth division.

Players who last played in 2004
(last year of eligibility is 2014)

Raul Diaz Arce
(Last played in MLS in 2001; last played in the A-League in 2004)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via his MLS seasons.

A Salvadoran forward who starred for several teams and won several championships in Major League Soccer.

Diaz Arce’s greatest fame came with D.C. United, which he joined at the start of MLS’s first season after having established a reputation via his play in El Salvador’s national team. He was one of the stars of the D.C. United team that won the first two MLS championships and scored 46 goals in those two years.

Later in his six-season MLS career, he played for the New England Revolution, the San Jose Earthquakes, the Tampa Bay Mutiny and the Colorado Rapids, finishing his MLS career with a total of 150 MLS regular-season games and 12 MLS playoff games. He scored 90 goals in those 162 games. In addition to the 1996 and 1997 MLS titles, he also won the U.S. Open Cup in 1996 and played three seasons in the A-League.

Marco Etcheverry
(Last played in MLS in 2003; last played at the required level outside the United States in 2004)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via his MLS seasons.

A Bolivian midfielder who was a key member of D.C. United’s dynasty of the first MLS seasons.

Etcheverry, known for the pinpoint passes that made him one of MLS’s premier playmakers, played eight seasons in MLS between 1996 and 2003, all of them for D.C. Before joining MLS, he had been a star of the Bolivian national team, including playing in the 1994 World Cup, and he played briefly in Bolivia after retiring from MLS.

Etcheverry won three MLS championships with D.C. United in 1996, 1997 and 1999 as well as a U.S. Open Cup championship in 1996 and a CONCACAF Champions Cup title in 1998. He was chosen as an MLS all-star in each of the league’s first four seasons, and was named the MLS most valuable player in 1998. Etcheverry played 191 MLS regular-season games and 23 MLS playoff games.

Zoran Karic
(Last played in the MISL in 1992; last played in the NPSL in 2004).

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via his MISL seasons.

An Yugoslavian forward who starred in both the Major Indoor Soccer League and the National Professional Soccer League.

Karic played five seasons in the MISL, all of them during the gap in first-division American outdoor soccer after the end of the NASL, for the San Diego Sockers and the Cleveland Force. He was chosen as a first-team MISL All-Star in 1991, after a season in which he was the league’s scoring leader.

He later played 12 seasons in the NPSL, where he was an all-star selection four times and the league MVP in 1994.

Victor Nogueira
(Last played in the NASL in 1984; last played in the MISL in 2004)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via his NASL seasons.

A goalkeeper who starred in the NASL and then continued playing indoors for two decades afterward.

Nogueira, who was born in Mozambique, broke into the North American Soccer League in 1979 with the Atlanta Chiefs. He won his only NASL championship in 1984, the league’s final season, with the Chicago Sting. During his six-season NASL career, he played 79 regular-season games and eight playoff games.

After the end of the NASL, Nogueira played nine seasons in the Major Indoor Soccer League and 13 seasons in the National Professional Soccer League. He was named the MISL most valuable player in 1991 and 1992, and the NPSL most valuable player in 1996 and 1998. He played 16 games for the U.S. National Futsal Team between 1992 and 2000.

Cindy Parlow Cone
(Last played in the W-League in 1999; last played in the U.S. National Team in 2004; last played in the WUSA in 2004)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via her U.S. National Team caps.

A forward who was a regular in the team that won the 1999 Women’s World Cup and won Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2004.

During her career in the U.S. National Team, Parlow Cone played 158 full internationals. Those included two games at the 1996 Olympics, six at the 1999 Women’s World Cup, five at the 2000 Olympics, five at the 2003 Women’s World Cup and two at the 2004 Olympics, plus four World Cup qualifiers. Her first full international was against Russia in January 1996 and her last against Mexico in December 2004.

Parlow Cone played four seasons in the Women’s United Soccer Association, all of them with the Atlanta Beat. She was a member of the Atlanta teams that finished as runner-up for the WUSA title in 2001 and 2003. She was a second-team WUSA all-star in 2001, and during her WUSA career played 55 regular-season games and five playoff games.

Players who last played in 2005
(last year of eligibility is 2015)

Robin Fraser
(Last played in the A-League in 1995; last played in the U.S. National Team in 2000; last played in MLS in 2005)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via both his MLS seasons and his U.S. National Team caps.

A defender who was named to Major League Soccer’s postseason All-Star team five times in his 10 MLS seasons.

Fraser played in MLS from 1996 to 2005, for Los Angeles, Colorado and Columbus, including Los Angeles’ MLS runner-up teams in 1996 and 1999. He was named to the MLS Best XI in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2004 and was the MLS defender of the year twice, in 1999 and 2004. During his MLS career, he played 260 regular-season games and 30 playoff games.

Fraser played 26 full internationals for the United States, the first against Chile in June 1988 and the last against Ecuador in June 2001, including one World Cup qualifying game in 2000. He was a member of the U.S. team at the 1999 Confederations Cup. In addition to his MLS seasons, he also played five seasons in the American Professional Soccer League and A-League.

Shannon MacMillan
(Last played professionally outside the United States in 1997; last played in the WUSA in 2004; last played in the U.S. National Team in 2005; last played in the WPSL in 2005)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via her U.S. National Team caps.

A forward who played in the U.S. National Team for a dozen years and was the “supersub” of the 1999 Women’s World Cup champions.

MacMillan played 176 full internationals for the United States, the first against Australia in July 1993 and the last against Mexico in October 2005. Included in that long career were four World Cup qualifiers in 2002 and eight World Cup games in 1999 and 2003. She played in all six of the United States’ games at the 1999 Women’s World Cup, five of them as a substitute. She scored a goal in the one game she started, against North Korea, and her corner kick seconds after entering the quarterfinal against Germany set up the game-winning goal. In the 1996 Olympics, she scored the winning goal in overtime of the United States’ semifinal victory over Norway and then had the opening goal of the United States’ victory over China in the final. In addition to two World Cups, she also played for the United States in two Olympic Games, 1996 and 2000.

MacMillan played three seasons in the WUSA (plus the 2004 festivals), all of them with San Diego, two seasons in the Japanese professional league and one season in the WPSL. She was named an All-Star in the inaugural WUSA season, 2001, and played 43 WUSA regular-season games.

Players who last played in 2006
(last year of eligibility is 2016)

Chris Henderson
(Last played in the WSL in 1989; last played professionally outside the United States in 1995; last played in the U.S. National Team in 2001; last played in MLS in 2006)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via his U.S. National Team caps.

A midfielder and forward who was a regular for the United States in the early 1990s and then had a long career in Major League Soccer.

Henderson’s 79 caps for the United States included two World Cup qualifiers in 1997 and one in 2001. He was a member of the United States team at the 1990 World Cup, when he was only 19. He didn’t play in that World Cup, but a year later, he played every minute of all five U.S. games as the United States won its first major international championship at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Henderson played 11 seasons in MLS, for Colorado, Kansas City, Miami, Columbus and New York. He won an MLS title in 2000 when he was with Kansas City, and also reached the MLS final in 1997 with Colorado. Prior to the start of MLS in 1996, he had played one season each in the Western Soccer League, the Norwegian first division and the German second division.

He is among the all-time leaders in MLS appearances, having played 317 MLS regular-season games and 31 MLS playoff games.

In 2013, Henderson completed his sixth season as the Technical Director for the Seattle Sounders of MLS. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach for one season with the Kansas City Wizards.

John O’Brien
(Last played professionally outside the United States in 2005; last played in the U.S. National Team in 2006; last played in MLS in 2006)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via his U.S. National Team caps.

A midfielder who was one of the stars of the United States team at the 2002 World Cup.

O’Brien played 32 full internationals for the United States, the first against Austria in April 1998 and the last against Czech Republic in June 2006. Those included all five United States games at the 2002 World Cup, where he scored the opening goal of the American upset over Portugal, and one game at the 2006 World Cup. He also was a member of the United States team that won the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and played for the United States in the 2000 Olympic Games.

O’Brien spent nearly his entire professional club career in Holland, where he played eight seasons in the first division. He also played one season, 2006, in Major League Soccer, for Chivas USA, but appeared in only one MLS game.

Tiffany Roberts
(Last played in the U.S. National Team in 2004; last played in the WUSA in 2004; last played in the W-League in 2006; last played in the in the WPSL in 2006)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via her U.S. National Team caps.

A midfielder who played for the United States in two World Cups and one Olympic Games.

Roberts played 109 full internationals for the United States, the first against Portugal in March 1994 and the last against New Zealand in October 2004. Those caps included nine in World Cup qualifiers in 1994 and 2002, five in the 1995 Women’s World Cup, two in the 1999 Women’s World Cup and five in the 1996 Olympic Games.

Roberts played four WUSA seasons, including the 2004 Festivals, all for Carolina. She was a second-team WUSA All-Star in 2003 and a WUSA champion in 2002 with Carolina. In addition to her WUSA seasons, in which she played 58 regular-season games and two playoff games, she also played one season in the WPSL and one season in the W-League.

Players who last played in 2007
(last year of eligibility is 2017)

Chris Armas
(Last played in the USISL in 1995; last played in the U.S. National Team in 2005; last played in MLS in 2007)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via both his MLS seasons and his U.S. National Team caps.

A midfielder who was a longtime star of both MLS and the U.S. National Team.

Armas played the first 12 MLS seasons, initially for the Los Angeles Galaxy and later for the Chicago Fire. During those seasons, he played 264 MLS regular-season games and 37 playoff games. He was named to the MLS postseason Best XI five times, in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003. He played in the MLS championship game four times, in 1998 (when he was on the winning side), 2000 and 2003 with Chicago and 1996 with Los Angeles. He also won three U.S. Open Cup titles with Chicago, in 1998, 2000 and 2003. In addition to his MLS seasons, he also played two seasons in the USISL.

Armas played 66 full internationals for the United States between 1998 and 2005. Those included 19 World Cup qualifiers, in 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2005. He never played in the World Cup, although he had been expected to be a starter in the 2002 World Cup before being injured a few weeks before the tournament. Injuries also kept him from consideration for the 2006 squad. He was a member of the United States teams that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2002 and 2005, played in the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2003 and was chosen as U.S. Soccer’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2000.

Jason Kreis
(Last played in the U.S. National Team in 2000; last played in MLS in 2007)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via his MLS seasons.

A forward who starred in MLS for more than a decade.

Kreis played 12 seasons in MLS, the first nine of those for Dallas and the last three for Salt Lake. His best season was 1999, when he was the league’s leading scorer and was chosen as its most valuable player. His only championship was a U.S. Open Cup title in 1997. During his MLS career, he played 305 regular-season games and 22 playoff games.

Kreis played 14 full internationals for the United States, the first against El Salvador in August 1996 and the last against Costa Rica in July 2000. Those 14 included two World Cup qualifiers, in 1996 and 2000.

In 2011, he completed his fifth season as the head coach of Real Salt Lake, the last club he played for, after having coached the to the MLS Cup title in 2009.

Players who last played in 2008
(last year of eligibility is 2018)

Lorrie Fair
(Last played in the WUSA in 2004; last played in the U.S. National Team in 2005; last played in the WPSL in 2006; last played professionally outside the United States in 2008)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via her U.S. National Team caps.

A midfielder who was a member of the United States team that won the 1999 Women’s World Cup.

Fair played 120 full internationals for the United States, the first against Norway in February 1996 and the last against Iceland in July 2005. Those games included four World Cup qualifiers in 2002, four in the 1999 Women’s World Cup and five in the 2000 Olympic Games.

Fair played all three WUSA seasons and the WUSA Festivals in 2004 for Philadelphia. After the end of WUSA, she played two seasons in the WPSL, two in the French first division and one in the English first division.

Ante Razov
(Last played professionally outside the United States in 2001; last played in the U.S. National Team in 2007; last played in MLS in 2008)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via both his U.S. National Team caps and his MLS seasons.

Forward who starred in both MLS and the U.S. National Team for more than a decade.

Razov played 13 seasons in MLS between 1996 and 2008 for Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Chivas and is one of MLS’s all-time leading scorers, with 113 regular-season goals and 11 playoff goals. He was one of the stars of the Chicago Fire team that won the MLS championship in 1998, and he was a runner-up for the MLS title on three other occasions, in 1996 with Los Angeles and in 2000 and 2003 with Chicago. He was selected to the MLS Best XI after the 2003 season. He won three U.S. Open Cups in 1998, 2000 and 2003.

Razov played 25 full internationals for the United States between 1995 and 2007, including nine World Cup qualifiers in 2000 and 2001. He also played for the United States in the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Razov played one season outside the United States, in the Spanish second division. During his MLS career, he played 262 regular-season games and 35 playoff games.

Players who last played in 2009
(first year of eligibility is 2013; last year is 2019)

Ben Olsen
(Last played in the U.S. National Team in 2007; last played in MLS in 2009).

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via both his MLS seasons and his U.S. National Team caps.

A midfielder who played in MLS and the U.S. National Team for more than a decade.

Olsen played for D.C. United throughout his MLS career, which lasted from 1998 to 2009. He was selected to the MLS postseason Best XI in 2007 and was the MLS Rookie of the Year in 1998. He won two MLS titles with D.C. United, in 1999 and 2004, and was runner-up in the U.S. Open Cup in 2009. He was a member of the D.C. teams that won the CONCACAF Champions Cup and the Inter-American Cup in 1998. Olsen played 221 MLS regular-season games and 22 MLS playoff games.

Olsen played 37 full internationals for the United States, the first against Australia in 1998 and the last against Paraguay in 2007. Those 37 caps included one World Cup qualifier in 2000 and one World Cup game in 2006. In addition to the 2006 World Cup, Olsen also played for the United States in the 1999 Confederations Cup, the 2000 Olympic Games, the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

In 2013, he completed his third season as coach of D.C. United in MLS.

Tony Sanneh
(Last played in the USISL in 1995; last played in the NPSL in 1995; last played professionally outside the United States in 2004; last played in the U.S. National Team in 2005; last played in the USL 1 in 2007; last played in MLS in 2009).

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via his U.S. National Team caps.

A defender who starred in the National Team and MLS, reaching his peak during the United States’ successful run at the 2002 World Cup.

Sanneh played 43 full internationals for the United States, the first against China in 1997 and the last against Costa Rica in 2005. Those 43 caps included all five of the United States games at the 2002 World Cup. Sanneh was one of only three players to play every minute of each of those games, and it was his cross that Brian McBride headed home for the third goal of the United States’ victory over Portugal. He also played 15 World Cup qualifiers in 2000, 2001 and 2004.

Sanneh played eight seasons in MLS between 1996 and 2009 for D.C., Columbus, Chicago, Colorado and Los Angeles, and was a member of the D.C. United teams that won the first two MLS titles in 1996 and 1997. He also won the U.S. Open Cup twice, in 1996 with D.C. and 2006 with Chicago, and played six seasons in German professional leagues, two seasons in the APSL and USL I, two seasons in the USISL and one season in the NPSL. During his MLS career he played 130 regular-season games and 20 playoff games.

Taylor Twellman
(Last played professionally outside the United States in 2002; last played in the U.S. National Team in 2008; last played in MLS in 2009).

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via both his MLS seasons and his U.S. National Team caps.

A forward who starred in MLS and the National Team.

Twellman played eight seasons in MLS between 2002 and 2009, all of them with New England. He was voted to the MLS Best XI in 2002 and 2005, the latter a season in which he was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. He played 174 MLS regular-season games and 21 MLS playoff games. During those 195 games, he scored a total of 111 goals. His best goal scoring season was 2002, when he scored 23 regular-season goals and added two more in the playoffs.

Twellman was one of the leading stars of the New England teams that reached the MLS final four times in six seasons, in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He also won a U.S. Open Cup title with the Revolution, in 2007. Before joining the Revolution in 2002, he had played two seasons in the German second division.

Twellman played 30 full internationals for the United States, the first against El Salvador in 2002 and the last against Sweden in 2008. Those 30 caps included five World Cup qualifiers in 2004 and 2005. He was a member of the United States team at the 2003 Confederation Cup and the United States team that won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, qualifying it for the 2009 Confederations Cup.

Players who last played in 2010
(last year of eligibility is 2020)

Chris Klein
(Last played in the U.S. National Team in 2006; last played in MLS in 2010).

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via his U.S. National Team caps.

A midfielder who played in the National Team and was a longtime star in MLS.

Klein played 22 full internationals for the United States, the first against Mexico in October 2000 and the last against Germany in March 2006. Those 22 caps included two World Cup qualifiers in 2000 and 2001.

He played 13 seasons in MLS between 1998 and 2010 for Kansas City, Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles, winning an MLS championship in 2000 with Kansas City. He also reached the MLS title game in 2009 with Los Angeles. During those 13 seasons, he played 333 MLS regular-season games and 20 MLS playoff games.

Eddie Lewis
(Last played professionally outside the United States in 2008; last played in the U.S. National Team in 2008; last played in MLS in 2010.)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via both his U.S. National Team caps and his MLS seasons.

A midfielder who starred in MLS, the U.S. National Team and English leagues.

Lewis played 82 full internationals for the United States, the first against Peru in October 1996 and the last against Trinidad in September 2008. More than a quarter of those 82 games came in World Cup play, five in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and 21 in World Cup qualifiers in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2008. Perhaps Lewis’ most famous moment in a U.S. uniform came in 2002, when his perfect cross from the left wing was headed into the net by Landon Donovan for the second goal of the United States’ World Cup upset over Mexico. In addition to his World Cup play, Lewis was a member of the United States teams at the 1999 and 2003 Confederations Cups and the U.S. team that won the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Lewis played seven seasons in MLS between 1996 and 2010 for San Jose and Los Angeles, and was selected to the MLS postseason Best XI in 1999. He played 163 MLS regular-season games and nine MLS playoff games.

Between 2000 and 2008, Lewis played nine seasons in English professional leagues, becoming a regular at several different clubs.

Kristine Lilly
(Last played in the W-League in 1998; last played in the WUSA in 2004; last played professionally outside the United States in 2005; last played in the U.S. National Team in 2010; last played in WPS in 2010.)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via both her U.S. National Team caps and her WUSA/WPS seasons.

A midfielder who starred in five World Cups and played six first-division seasons in the United States.

Lilly, who played for the United States for 23 years, is the most capped player in the history of soccer, male or female, having played 352 games for the United States between 1987 and 2010. Thirty of those games came in the five World Cups she played, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007, and another 17 of them were in World Cup qualifiers between 1991 and 2010. Lilly, the only woman in the world to have played in five World Cups, won two of those five, in 1991 and 1999, and reached the semifinals in the other three. She was the captain of the United States team in the 2007 World Cup. Although she was very much an attacking midfielder, with 130 goals in those 352 full internationals, probably her most famous moment in a U.S. uniform was a defensive one, when she headed a goal-bound shot off the line that would have won the 1999 World Cup final for China. She also was a star of the United States teams that won Olympic titles in 1996 and 2004 and finished second at the 2000 Olympics.

Lilly played three WUSA seasons and two WPS seasons, 2009 and 2010, all five of them for the Boston  Breakers. She was chosen to the WUSA postseason All-Star team in 2001, 2002 and 2003. In those five seasons, she played 93 regular-seasons games and two playoff games, and scored 20 goals.

In addition to her WUSA and WPS seasons, Lilly also played one season in the W-League, one in the Japanese professional league and one in the Swedish first division. She was chosen as the USSF Women’s Athlete of the Year in 1993, 2005 and 2006.

Kristin Luckenbill
(Last played in the WUSA in 2004; last played in the U.S. National Team in 2004; last played professionally outside the United States in 2005; last played in the W-League in 2008; last played in WPS in 2010.)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via her WUSA/WPS seasons.

A goalkeeper who starred in both the WUSA and WPS.

Luckenbill played three seasons in the WUSA, all of them for Carolina, and two seasons in WPS, for Boston and Sky Blue FC. The greatest of those seasons was 2002, when Carolina won the WUSA championship and Luckenbill was chosen as both an All-Star and the WUSA Goalkeeper of the Year. She played 53 WUSA games, 51 in the regular season and two in the playoffs, and 15 WPS games.

Luckenbill, who played 14 full internationals for the United States, all of them in 2004, played four seasons in the W-League and one season in the Swedish first division.

Kate Sobrero Markgraf
(Last played in the WUSA in 2004; last played professionally outside the United States in 2005; last played in the U.S. National Team in 2010; last played in WPS in 2010.)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via her U.S. National Team caps.

A defender who was a regular in the U.S. team that won the 1999 Women’s World Cup.

Markgraf played 201 full internationals for the United States between 1998 and 2010. Those included 16 games in the 1999, 2003 and 2007 World Cups, five World Cup qualifiers in 2002 and 2006, and 16 games in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. In addition to the 1999 Women’s World Cup final,  Markgraf played in victorious efforts in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic finals. She started five of the United States six games at the 1999 World Cup, including playing every minute of the quarterfinal, semifinal and final victories. 

Markgraf played three seasons in the WUSA, all of them for Boston, and one season in WPS, for Chicago. She also played one season in the Swedish first division. During her WUSA and WPS seasons, she played a total of 76 regular-season games and one playoff game.

Clint Mathis
(Last played in the U.S. National Team in 2005; last played professionally outside the United States in 2008; last played in MLS in 2010.)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via both his MLS seasons and his U.S. National Team caps.

A midfielder who played 12 seasons in MLS and played in the 2002 World Cup.

Mathis played in MLS from 1998 to 2010, for Los Angeles, New York, Salt Lake and Colorado. He was chosen to the MLS Best XI in 2000, won an MLS title in 2009 with Salt Lake and played in 258 MLS regular-season games and 29 MLS playoff games. He holds the MLS record for goals in a game with five, for the MetroStars against Dallas in 2000.

Mathis played 46 full internationals for the United States between 1998 and 2005, including seven World Cup qualifiers in 2000, 2001 and 2004 and three World Cup games in 2002. The 12 goals that he scored in those 46 games included a crucial one against South Korea in the 2002 World Cup, when the United States reached the quarterfinals. He also played for the United States at the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2003 Confederations Cup.

In addition to his MLS years, Mathis also played two seasons in the German first division and one season in the Greek first division.

Brian McBride
(Last played in the U.S. National Team in 2006; last played professionally outside the United States in 2008; last played in MLS in 2010.)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via his U.S. National Team caps.

A forward who starred in three World Cups and became one of the most acclaimed Americans ever in European club soccer.

McBride played 95 full internationals for the United States between 1993 and 2006. This included 25 World Cup qualifiers in 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2005, and nine World Cup games in 1998, 2002 and 2006. McBride scored goals in three of those World Cup games, against Iran in 1998, Portugal in 2002 and Mexico in 2002. He became one of the most photographed players of the U.S. national team, particularly for his celebration after scoring against Portugal in 2002 and for walking off the field with blood streaming down his face after being elbowed by an Italian player in 2006.

McBride played seven seasons with three different English clubs, but two of those were short-term loan stints. During his five seasons with Fulham in the English Premier League, he scored 41 goals in 154 games, becoming a favorite of the London team’s fans and captain of the squad in his final season there. Sandwiched around his time in England, he played 11 seasons in MLS, from 1996 to 2003 with Columbus and from 2008 to 2010 with Chicago. He played 248 games in his MLS seasons, scoring 90 goals, and won a U.S. Open Cup title in 2002 with Columbus. Before joining Fulham in early 2004, he had played briefly for Wolfsburg in Germany and for Preston North End and Everton in England.

In addition to his World Cup efforts, McBride played for the United States in the 1999 Confederations Cup, the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2008 Olympic Games. He played all five of the United States’ games in the 1999 Confederations Cup, when it made a run to the semifinals, and scored two goals in those games.

Jaime Moreno
(Last played in MLS in 2010.)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via his MLS seasons.

A Bolivian forward who starred in MLS for 15 years.

Moreno played the bulk of his pro soccer career in MLS, and all but one of his 15 MLS seasons were with D.C. United. He played 372 MLS games, which at the time he retired placed him third on the all-time list of games played in first-division United States leagues. He also was briefly MLS’ all-time leading goalscorer, finishing his career with 145 goals in MLS regular-season and playoff games. Moreno won four MLS championships with D.C. United, in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004, and played in the title game in each of those seasons. He was named to the MLS Best XI five times, in 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2006, won the U.S. Open Cup with D.C. United in 1996 and 2008, and won the CONCACAF Champions Cup with D.C. United in 1998.

Moreno had played for clubs in Bolivia, Colombia and England before signing with D.C. in 1996, when he was 22. He played 75 games for the Bolivian national team between 1991 and 2008, including the 1994 World Cup, the 1997 Copa America and the 2007 Copa America.

Steve Ralston
(Last played in the U.S. National Team in 2007; last played in MLS in 2009; last played in the USSF second division in 2010.)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via both his MLS seasons and his U.S. National Team caps.

A midfielder who was one of the leading stars in MLS throughout his long career. In 2008, Ralston became the all-time leader in games played in United States first-division leagues. He retired from MLS the following year after having played 411 MLS games, but has since dropped to second place on that list. Ralston played 14 seasons in MLS, six with Tampa Bay and eight with New England, and was named to the MLS Best XI in 1999, 2000 and 2002. He won a U.S. Open Cup with New England and 2007 and was a member of all four New England teams that reached the MLS final. After retiring from MLS, he played one season in the USSF second division.

Ralston played 36 full internationals for the United States between 1997 and 2007, including eight World Cup qualifiers in 2004 and 2005. He was a member of the United States teams that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2005 and 2007.

Briana Scurry
(Last played in the W-League in 1998; last played in the WUSA in 2004; last played in the U.S. National Team in 2008; last played in WPS in 2010.)

Has met the Hall of Fame eligibility criteria via both her WUSA/WPS seasons and her U.S. National Team caps.

A goalkeeper who was one of the stars of the United States victory in the 1999 Women’s World Cup.

Scurry played for the U.S. National Team for more than 10 years, appearing in 173 full internationals. She was the goalkeeper for the US. teams that won the 1999 Women’s World Cup, the 1996 Olympic Games and the 2004 Olympics Games, and also was a member of the U.S. squads at the 1995, 2003 and 2007 Women’s World Cups and the 2000 Olympic Games. She was most famed for her save in the penalty shootout at the 1999 final that enabled the United States to win the Women’s World Cup for the second time. Scurry’s full internationals included eight World Cup qualifiers and 19 World Cups games.

Scurry played three seasons in the WUSA, all of them for Atlanta, and two WPS seasons, both for Washington. She was chosen as a first-team WUSA All-Star in 2003, reached the WUSA championship game with Atlanta in 2001 and 2003, and played 56 WUSA regular-season games, five WUSA playoff games and four WPS regular-season game. She also played one season in the W-League.