U.S. Soccer

Veteran Eligibility List

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

  1. Retired as a player for more than 10 years.
  2. Played at least 20 full international games for the United States. This requirement is reduced to 10 games if the games were prior to 1990.
  3. Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and was selected as a 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 whose eligibility in the Player category has expired are automatically placed on the Veterans eligibility list. For purposes of the 2014 election, this means that they can have retired no later than 2003.

Players who have been candidates in the Veterans election for 8 consecutive years without ever reaching the final round in any of those years have been dropped from the eligibility list for subsequent elections. However, when application is made to the Hall of Fame by anyone seeking to have a dropped candidate restored to the list for an additional 8 years, that application will automatically be accepted.

ABOUT THIS LIST: The following is the list of players known to have met the criteria making them eligible to be candidates in the election that will choose a Veteran player to be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2014. This list includes both information about the achievements that enabled these players to meet the eligibility criteria and other information about their playing careers. The achievements that enabled them to meet the eligibility criteria are in italics.

This list has been broken into five sections to assist voters in sorting through a long list and not to indicate different levels of eligibility. All candidates in all five sections are equally eligible.

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 sections are:

  1. Candidates who are appearing on the Veterans Eligibility List for the first time.
  2. Candidates who were finalists in last year's Veterans election.
  3. Candidates who were not finalists in last year's Veterans election but did receive votes in the first stage.
  4. Candidates who did not receive votes in the first stage last year but have within the previous 8 years.
  5. Candidates who have not received votes in the first stage.

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 (which have been added to Part 3 of the list below), the bios of the affected candidates already on the ballot have been changed where necessary to reflect this additional achievement.

All of the players on this list have been added to it via one or another of the following three processes:

  1. The records of the U.S. National Teams, Major League Soccer, the North American Soccer League, Major Indoor Soccer League and the American Soccer League where available have been studied to find players who meet the eligibility criteria via their play in the national teams, the NASL or the ASL.
  2. Nominations for players from certain other pre-NASL leagues have been received by the National Soccer Hall of Fame. The records of these leagues have been studied where possible and other research efforts have been made by the Hall of Fame's historians to determine whether the players in question meet the eligibility criteria.
  3. Players whose time on the eligibility list for the Hall of Fame's Player ballot has expired.

PLEASE NOTE: The information listed here is not limited to the achievements that enabled a player to become eligible. Some of the players listed here had careers in those pre-NASL leagues that began before the start of the NASL in 1968 but extended beyond 1968. Their full years in those leagues are cited here, rather than just the pre-NASL years.

Definitions & Clarifications:

Winning the league championship: The player played on the winning team in the championship game or series, or in at least one victory during seasons when there was no league final and the champion was decided by the league standings.

Winning the U.S. Open Cup: The player played on the winning team in the championship game or series.

NASL all-star: First-team all-star. Second-team and honorable mention selection are listed in the non-italicized part of the biography.

NASL North American all-star: The team selected by the Professional Soccer Reporters Association.
MLS all-star means selection to the postseason MSL Best XI.

References to "predecessors" of the APSL refer to the third American Soccer League and the Western Soccer Alliance/Western Soccer League, which merged in 1990 to form the APSL.

In many pre-NASL leagues, all-star teams were not chosen. In those instances, winning a league MVP award or a league goal scoring title is considered sufficient to fulfill the all-star requirement.

Prior to 1968 some of the various regional leagues that are recognized here include the American Soccer League, the North American Soccer Football League, the German-American Soccer League of New York, the National Soccer League of Chicago, the St. Louis Soccer League, the Keystone League of Western Pennsylvania, the Greater Los Angeles Soccer League, the San Francisco Soccer League and the National Association Foot Ball League.

 

1. The following candidates are appearing on the Veterans eligibility list for the first time.

David Brcic
(Last played in the MISL in 1990; last played in the NASL in 1984; last played on the U.S. National Team in 1985)

Played six MISL seasons during the “qualifying” period for New York, Wichita, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Kansas City and St. Louis, and was chosen as a first-team All-Star in 1986. He played six seasons in the NASL between 1978 and 1984, all for New York, and four full internationals for the United States between 1979 and 1985. He played 21 NASL regular-season games and four NASL playoff games, and was a member of the New York Cosmos’ NASL championship squads in 1978 and 1982.

Tatu
(Last played in the MISL in 1992; last played in the NASL in 1984)

Tatu, whose real name is Antonio Carlos Pecorari, played eight MISL seasons within the “qualifying” period, all for Dallas. He was an MISL All-Star in 1987, ’90 and ’91, the league scoring leader in 1987, ’90 and ’91, the Most Valuable Player in 1987 and ’90, and a league champion in 1987. Earlier, he had played three seasons in the NASL from 1982 to ’84, all for Tampa Bay. Later he was MVP of the Continental Indoor Soccer League in 1993, ’94 and ’96. He played 60 NASL regular-season games.

Tisha Venturini-Hoch
(Last played in the WPSL in 1997; last played in the W-League in 1998; last played in the U.S. National Team in 2000; last played in the WUSA in 2003)

Played 132 full internationals for the United States between 1992 and her retirement from the National Team in 2000. Played in two Women’s World Cups in 1995 and 1999 as well as the 1996 Olympic Games. Played 60 WUSA regular-season games and two WUSA playoffs during her three seasons in the WUSA, all for San Jose, and won a WUSA championship in 2001. Played one season in the W-League and one season in the WPSL.

Steve Zungul
(Last played in the MISL in 1990)

Played six MISL seasons within the “qualifying” period, plus five more outside it, for San Diego and Tacoma. During that period, he was the MISL’s Most Valuable Player in 1985 and ’86, its leading scorer in 1985 and ’86, and a first-team All-Star in 1985, ’86 and ’87. Earlier, he had played two seasons in the NASL in 1983 and ’84 with with Golden Bay, and had been an NASL All-Star in both seasons. In 1984, he also was the NASL’s Most Valuable Player and its leading scorer. Zungul had been unable to begin his outdoor career in the United States until he was 28, because of restrictions resulting from his departure from Yugoslavia, where he had been a national team star in the 1970s, and then saw that outdoor career cut short by the end of the NASL when he was 30. He played 46 NASL regular-season games and five NASL playoff games.

 

2. The following candidates were finalists in last year's Veterans election.

Mike Burns
(last played professionally outside the United States in 1995; last played in the U.S. National Team in 1998; last played in MLS in 2002)

Played 75 full internationals for the United States between 1992 and 1998, including two games at the 1998 World Cup and 11 games in World Cup qualifying in 1996 and 1997. A member of the United States squads at the 1994 World Cup and the 1992 Olympic Games. Played seven seasons in Major League Soccer between 1996 and 2002 for New England, San Jose and Kansas City, appearing in 169 MLS regular-season games and six MLS playoff games. Played one season in the Danish first division.

John Doyle
(last played professionally outside the United States in 1993; last played on the U.S. National Team in 1994; last played in the APSL/A-League in 1995; last played in MLS in 2000)

Played five seasons in MLS between 1996 and 2000 for San Jose. MLS All-Star in 1996. Played 53 full internationals for the United States between 1987 and 1994, including four World Cup qualifiers in 1988 and 1989 and two World Cup games in 1990. Member of the United States teams at the 1988 Olympic Games and the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup. MLS defender of the year in 1996. Played two seasons in the APSL/A-League, one season in the Swedish first-division and one season in the German first division. Played 132 MLS regular-season games and three MLS playoff games.

Linda Hamilton
(last played in the U.S. National Team in 1995)

Played 71 full internationals for the United States between 1987 and 1995, including four World Cup qualifiers in 1994 and 12 World Cup games in 1991 and 1995. Women's World Cup champion in 1991. Member of the United States teams at the 1991 and 1995 Women's World Cups.

Mary Harvey
(last played professionally outside the United States in 1994; last played in the U.S. National Team in 1996)

Played 27 full internationals for the United States between 1989 and 1996, including six World Cup games in 1991. Women's World Cup champion in 1991. Member of the United States team at the 1991 Women's World Cup. Played three seasons in the German professional league and two seasons in the Swedish professional league.

Bill McPherson
(last played in the ASL in 1931; last played in the SLSL in 1934)

Played 10 seasons in the ASL between 1922 and 1931 for Fall River Marksmen and New Bedford Whalers. Played two seasons in the St. Louis Soccer League in 1933 and 1934 for Stix, Baer & Fuller. ASL champion in 1924, 1925, 1926, 1929 and 1930 with Fall River. St. Louis league champion in 1933 and 1934 with Stix, Baer & Fuller. U.S. Open Cup champion in 1924, 1927, 1930 and 1931 with Fall River, 1932 with New Bedford, and 1933 and 1934 with Stix, Baer & Fuller. U.S. Open Cup runner-up in 1935 with Pawtucket Rangers. Played 366 regular-season games and four playoff games in the original ASL.

Shep Messing
(last played in the NASL in 1979; last played in the MISL in 1987)

Played seven seasons in the NASL between 1973 and 1979 for New York, Boston, Oakland and Rochester. NASL champion in 1977 with New York. Member of the United States team at the 1972 Olympic Games. Played 119 NASL regular-season games and nine NASL playoff games. Played eight seasons in the MISL. Head coach in the NASL for one season.

Glenn Myernick
(last played in the U.S. National Team in 1979; last played in the MISL in 1980; last played in the NASL in 1984)

Played 10 full international games for the United States between 1975 and 1979. Played eight seasons in the NASL between 1977 and 1984 for Dallas, Portland and Tampa Bay. Played one season in the MISL. Played 163 NASL regular-season games and five NASL playoff games. Head coach in MLS for four seasons.

Mike Sorber
(last played professionally outside the United States in 1996; last played in the U.S. National Team in 1998; last played in MLS in 2000)

Played 67 full internationals for the United States between 1992 and 1998, including seven World Cup qualifiers in 1997 and four World Cup games in 1994. Played five seasons in MLS and two seasons in the Mexican first division. Member of the United States team at the 1995 Copa America. Played 116 MLS regular-season games and 12 MLS playoff games.

 

3. The following candidates were not finalists in last year's Veterans election but did receive votes in the first stage.

Dominic Kinnear
(last played in the U.S. National Team in 1994; last played in the A-League in 1995; last played professionally outside the United States in 1995; last played in MLS in 2000)

Played 54 full internationals for the United States between 1990 and 1994. Member of the United States team at the 1993 Copa America. Played five seasons in MLS, one season in the Mexican first division and six seasons in the APSL/A-League. Played 117 MLS regular-season games and four MLS playoff games.

Frank Klopas
(last played in the MISL in 1988; last played in the U.S. National Team in 1995; last played professionally outside the United States 1995; last played in MLS in 1999)

Played 40 full internationals for the United States between 1988 and 1995, including seven World Cup qualifiers in 1988 and 1989. Member of the United States teams at the 1988 Olympic Games and the 1994 World Cup. Played four seasons in MLS between 1996 and 1999 for Kansas City and Chicago. Played five seasons in the Greek first division and four seasons in the MISL. MLS champion in 1998 with Chicago. U.S. Open Cup champion in 1998 with Chicago. Played 89 MLS regular-season games and 10 MLS playoff games.

 

4. The following candidates are eligible for the election.

Kevin Crow
(last played in the NASL in 1984; last played in the U.S. national team in 1988; last played in the MISL in 1992)

Played 13 full internationals for the United States between 1984 and 1988, including five World Cup qualifiers in 1984, 1985 and 1988. Member of the United States teams at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games. Played two seasons in the NASL between 1983 and 1984 for San Diego. NASL North American all-star in 1984. Played 52 NASL regular-season games and two NASL playoff games. Played eight seasons in the MISL.

 

 

Sources
The 1984 North American Soccer League Media Guide, The 2010 U.S. Soccer Federation Men's National Team Media Guide, The 2010 U.S. Soccer Federation Women's National Team Media Guide, The 2009 MLS Fact and Record Book, The "Bill Graham" Guides, American Soccer League, 1921-31 by Colin Jose, The North American Soccer League Encyclopedia by Colin Jose, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Newark Evening News.