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The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced their 2019 Nominees

The National Soccer Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for their next class which consists of 46 Players, 14 Veterans and 8 Builders.

To qualify in the Player’s Category a player has to meet the following criteria:

Have been retired for at least three years but no more than ten.

Have played 20 full International Games and/or played five seasons in a U.S. First Division League and was a champion or a league All Star.

The nominated players are:

David Beckham:  Easily one of the most popular soccer players of all time, David Beckham came from England to the Los Angeles Galaxy where over six years he helped them win the MLS Cup in 2011 and 2012.  He certainly sold a lot of tickets just by suiting up for the Galaxy.


Gregg Berhalter:  Berhalter played his club career primarily in Europe and he would finish off his pro career with three years in MLS with the L.A. Galaxy.  He would play in 44 Games with the United States which was punctuated by his participation in the 2002 World Cup.

Carlos Bocanegra:  Bocanegra played six of his pro seasons in Major League Soccer where he was named the Rookie of the Year and was a two time MLS Defender of the Year where he was also named to MLS Best XI roster.  Internationally he was a fixture for Team U.S.A. with who he played for 110 times and was a member of the 2006 and 2010 World Cup teams.  He was also on the 2007 Concacaf Gold Cup winning team. 

Shannon Boxx:  Boxx played in the WUSA, WPSL and the NWSL and played for the United States in four World Cups, including the championship team of 2015.  She also played on the 2004, 2008 and the 2012 Women’s Olympic Team.

Leigh Ann Robinson Brown:  Brown won back-to-back championships in the WPSL with Kansas City in 2014 and 2015. She played two games for the Women’s National Team.

Edson Buddle:  Buddle played 14 years in MLS where he would help the Galaxy win the Title in 2012.   He played 11 Games for the United States including two games in the 2010 World Cup.

Lori Chalupny:  Chalupny dressed for the United States Women’s Team in 106 times and is a World Cup and Olympic Champion.  She also played six seasons of top flight soccer in the U.S..

Steve Cherundolo:  Cherundolo played all of his pro career for Hannover 96 in Germany and he played for the United States 87 times.  He was on the 2002 World Cup roster and he played in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cup.

Brian Ching:  Ching scored 90 Goals over his MLS career highlighted by helping Houston win the MLS Cup in 2006.  Internationally he played in 45 Games for the U.S., which included the 2006 World Cup and the championship in the 2007 Concacaf Gold Cup.

Kenny Cooper:  Cooper was in Major League Soccer for nine seasons, which includes a Best XI Selection in 2009.  He played for Team U.S.A. on 10 occasions.

Stephanie Lopez Cox:  Cox played Defense for the United States in the 2007 and 2011 World Cup and was a member of the winning team in the 2008 Olympics.  Donning a U.S. jersey 89 times, she also played six seasons in the first division of American Women’s Soccer.

Jeff Cunningham:  Born in Jamaica but playing Internationally for the United States, he was a fourteen year MLS veteran.  At the time of his retirement he was the league leader in regular season Goals and he would help Columbus win the 2002 U.S. Open Cup Championship.  He played 12 Games for the United States.

Todd Dunivant:  In terms of success in Major League Soccer few had more than Todd Dunivant who would win the Cup with the Los Angeles Galaxy four times (2005, 2011, 2012 & 2013) and another one previously with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2003.  The defender would also win the 2005 U.S. Open Cup and was chosen for the MLS Best XI in 2011.

Kevin Hartman:  One of the most successful Goalies in U.S. Soccer history, Hartman helped the Los Angeles Galaxy win the MLS Title in 2002 and 2005, the U.S. Open Cup in 2001 and the Concacaf Champions Cup in 2001.  He represented the United States five times.

Frankie Hejduk:  The Defender played in 85 Games for the U.S. including the 2002 World Cup and 1996 and 2000 Olympics.  Hejduk played in the MLS for 12 years and was the captain of the Columbus Crew that won the 2008 MLS Cup.

Thierry Henry:  One of the best players from France (which says a lot) Thierry Henry was in MLS for five years and for three of those campaigns he was named to the Best XI.  He played all of his time in Major League Soccer with the New York Red Bulls.


Stuart Holden:  Holden played four years in MLS where he was a two time champion with the Houston Dynamo (2006 & 2007).  He played for the U.S. 25 times including the 2010 World Cup.

Lauren Cheney Holiday:  Holiday played 133 Games for Team U.S.A. where she would help her country win the 2015 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.  She also played in the 2011 World Cup.  On a club level she won two titles in Kansas City in the NWLS where she was the team captain.

Eddie Johnson:  Johnson played ten years in Major League Soccer where he scored 74 Goals.  He played for the United States in 63 Games where he played in the 2006 World Cup and the Concacaf Gold Cup Championship in 2013.

Chris Klein:  Playing at Midfield, Klein played 13 years in MLS with a championship win with Kansas City in 2000.  He played for the United States in 22 Games.

Karina LeBlanc:  From Canada, LeBlanc played three seasons in each of the WUSA, WPS and NWSL.

Amy LePeilbet:  A highly decorated player on the club level where she won two NWSL Championships with Kansas City, LePelibet also played for Team U.S.A. where she helped them win Olympic Gold in 2012.  She was also a member of the 2011 World Cup Team.

Eddie Lewis:  The Midfielder would play 82 times for Team U.S.A. where he went to two World Cups (2002 & 2006) and he helped the U.S. win the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2002.  He was a seven year veteran in MLS and was named a Best XI player in 1999.

Lori Lindsey:  Lindsey played for Team U.S.A. 31 times including the 2011 World Cup.  She played in three different professional leagues in the States.


Kate Sobrero Markgraf:  Markgraf played in three World Cups representing the United States where she helped them win it all in 1999.  She would also play in three Olympics winning it all in 2004 & 2008.  Markgraf would suit up for the U.S.A. in 201 Games and was in the WUSA for three seasons.

Pablo Mastroeni:  Mastroeni played in Major League Soccer for 16 seasons and he was a Champion in 2010 with Miami.  He donned Team U.S.A.’s jersey 65 times including the 2006 World Cup and the winning 2002 and 2007 Concacaf Gold Cup.

Clint Mathis:  Mathis was a twelve year veteran of Major League Soccer and he would win a championship with Real Salt Lake in 2009 and was a Best XI recipient in 2000.  He played for Team U.S.A. 46 times, including the 2002 World Cup where he scored against South Korea to help the Americans advance to the quarterfinals.

Heather Mitts:  Mitts played in three Olympic Games for Team U.S.A. and helped them win the Gold Medal in 2004, 2008 and 2012.  Also playing in the 2011 World Cup, she played 137 times for the Americans. Professionally she played three seasons in WUSA and three in WPS.

Jaime Moreno:  From Bolivia, Moreno played in MLS for fifteen years where he helped D.C. United win the title in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004.  A member of the MLS Best XI five times he also helped D.C. win the U.S. Open Cup in 1996 and 2008 and the Concacaf Champions Cup in 1998.  He scored 145 Goals in MLS and at one time was the all time leading scorer.

Ben Olsen:  Olsen played for D.C. United from 1998 to 2009 and was a two time MLS Champion. The 1998 Rookie of the Year was a Best XI player in 2007 and was also part of the 1998 D.C. team that won the Concacaf Champions Cup.  He represented the United States 37 times Internationally including the 2006 World Cup.

Pat Onstad:  From Canada, Onstad played in net for three MLS Championship Teams, 2003 for San Jose and 2006 and 2007 for Houston and he was the MLS Goalkeeper of the year twice (2003 & 2005).  Notably, he was the Goalie that took Rochester to win the U.S. Open Cup in 1999, making them the first and only non-MLS team to win it.

Heath Pearce:  Pearce played in MLS for six seasons and he represented The United States 35 times including the 2009 Confederations Cup and Concacaf Gold Cup.

Troy Perkins:  The Goalie played 10 years in MLS where he was named to the Best XI and was the Goalkeeper of the Year in 2006.  He played for the U.S. seven times.

Steve Ralston:  Ralston played 14 years in MLS and at the time of his retirement he was the league’s all time leader in Assists.  He would help the New England Revolution win the U.S. Open Cup and he played 36 games for Team U.S.A., which included Concacaf Gold Cup wins in 2005 and 2007.

Donovan Ricketts:  From Jamaica, Ricketts was the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2013.  He played 188 Games in MLS.

Tony Sanneh:  The Defenseman played in 43 Games for Team U.S.A. and was in the 2002 World Cup. Sanneh played eight seasons in MS and he was a champion with D.C. United in 1996 and 1997.

Homare Sawa:  The Captain of the Japanese Women’s Team that won the World Cup in 2011 played five years in the U.S. with WUSA and WPS and she was a post season All Star twice.

Bakare Soumare:  From Mali, Soumare played seven years in Major League Soccer where he was chosen to the MLS post season Best XI in 2008.

Taylor Twellman:  Twellman played eight seasons in the MLS, all of which were with the New England Revolution. He was a two time MLS Best XI recipient (2002 & 2005) and he was the MLS MVP in 2005.  He would play 30 Games for team U.S.A..

Rachel Buehler Van Hollebeke:  Van Hollebeke played 113 Games for the United States where the defender won two Olympic Gold Medals (2008 & 2012).  Van Hollebeke would win a WPS Title in 2010 with Bay Area and NWSL Title with Portland three years later.

Aly Wagner: Wagner played for the U.S. Women’s National Team 131 times and helped them win two Olympic Gold Medals in both 2004 & 2008.  She also played in the 2003 and 2007 World Cup.

Abby Wambach:  One of the more recognizable players in Women’s Soccer, Abby Wambach is also one of the best. She played for the U.S. 255 times where she scored 184 Goals and was at one time the highest goal scorer in international competition.  Wambach played in four World Cups (finally winning it all in 2015) and two Olympic Games.  She is also a six time winner of the USSF Female Athlete of the Year winner and she was a three time post season All Star as a Club player.

Cat Reddick Whitehill:  Whitehill played in two World Cups and the Gold Medal winning 2004 team.  She played 134 Games with the United States.

Josh Wolff:  Wolff played 14 seasons in MLS, which was highlighted by a 2008 MLS Cup as a member of the Chicago Fire.  He would represent the United States in the World Cup in 2002 and 2006 he was also a member of the 2000 Olympic Team.  He played 52 Games for his country.

The Veteran Candidates are:

Chris Armas:  Armas was a decorated player in Major League Soccer where the 12 year veteran won the MLS Cup in 1998 and the U.S. Open Cup in 1998, 2000 and 2003 with the Chicago Fire. He was named to the Best XI in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003.  The 2000 USSF Men’s Athlete of the Year played for the U.S. in 66 Games. 


Mike Burns:  Burns played seven seasons in Major League Soccer and he was part of the 1994 and 1998 Men’s World Cup squads.  He played 75 times for the United States.


John Doyle:  Doyle played for the San Jose Earthquakes for five years (1996-2000) where he was chosen for the Best XI in 1996.  Doyle played for the U.S. in 53 Games and he played in the 1988 Olympics and 1991 Concacaf Gold Cup.

Lorrie Fair:  Fair played 120 Games for Team U.S.A. which included the Gold Medal winning team in 1999 and the Silver Medal at the 2000 Olympics.

Linda Hamilton:  Hamilton played in 71 Games for the United States and she was a member of the 1991 World Cup winning team.  She also played in the 1995 World Cup.

Mary Harvey:  Harvey played on the winning 1991 World Cup winning team and also played in the 1995 World Cup.  She played in 27 Games for the United States.

Chris Henderson:  Henderson was an 11 year veteran of the MLS and he was a champion in 2000 with Kansas City. He played in 79 games for Team U.S.A. including the 1990 World Cup and 1991 Concacaf Gold Cup where the States won it all.

Lori Henry:  Henry played in 39 Games for the United States and was a member of the 1991 World Cup winning team.

Dominic Kinnear:  Kinnear played in MLS for five years and he represented the United States in 54 Games including the 1993 Copa America Tournament.

Shep Messing:  Messing played in the NASL in the 1970’s and was a champion in the league with New York In 1977.

Tiffany Roberts:  Roberts played in the WUSA for three seasons and repped the U.S. in 109 Games including the 1995 and 1999 World Cup.

Mike Sorber:  Sorber played five seasons in MLS and he played 67 Games with Team U.S.A..  He played for the U.S. in the 1994 World Cup.

Greg Vanney:  Vanney was a ten year veteran in the MLS where he won the U.S. Open Cup and Concacaf Champions Cup with the L.A. Galaxy.  He played in 37 Games for the United States. 

Tisha Venturini-Hoch:  Venturini-Hoch played 132 Games for the United States where she represented her country in the 1995 and 1999 World Cup and the 1996 Olympics, the latter two being Gold Medal winning.

The Builder Nominees:

Joe Cummings:  Cummings was a Women’s United Soccer Association and Women’s Professional Soccer team official that was also the president of the Boston Breakers from 2001 to 2003.

Sunil Gulati:  Gulati was the president of the USSF from 2006 to 2012.

Tim Leiweke:  Leikewe was the President of Anschutz Entertainment, which owned the Los Angeles Galaxy from 2001 to 2013 and under his leadership the Galaxy won the MLS Championship in 2002, 2005, 2011 and 2013, the U.S. Open Cup twice and oversaw the construction of a soccer specific stadium.  

Francisco Marcos:  Marcos was the longtime leader of the USL and saw over its growth.

Thom Meredith:  Meredith was a longtime official in multiple organizations in U.S. Soccer.

Lothar Osiander:  Osiander coached the U.S. Men’s Team from 1986 to 1988 and the U-23 Men’s Team in both the 1988 and 1992 Olympics.  He also coached in the MLS for four years; two with Los Angeles and two with San Jose.

Kevin Payne:  Payne was the General Manager and President of D.C. United (1996-01 & 2004-12) and while he was at the helm the club won the MLS Championship four times (1996, 1997, 1999 & 2004) and the U.S. Open Cup twice (1996 & 2008).

George Strawbridge:  Strawbridge was the founder of the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies who won the NASL Championship in 1975.

To gain induction, a player must receive 66.7% of the vote.  The Class of 2019 will be enshrined on September 21-22 during the Induction Weekend.


The WWE Warrior Award HOF recipient is announced

The WWE Hall of Fame has announced that this year’s recipient of the Warrior Award is Sue Aitchison, a thirty plus year employee of the WWE who is currently serving as the Senior Director of Talent Relations.

This has received positive reviews from wrestling fans as the Warrior Award was allegedly conceived as a way to honor longtime behind the scenes employees of the WWE of which Aitchison certainly is.  

We here at would like to congratulate Sue Aitchison for earning this honor.


Brooks and Dunn named to the Country Music HOF

The Country Music Hall of Fame has announced three new members into their establishment with Brooks & Dunn, Ray Stevens and Jerry Stevens being named as the Class of 2019.

Formed in 1991, the duo of Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn would become of the most successful country music acts of the last 25 years.  They released 11 albums and had 50 songs reach the Billboard Country Chart, with 20 of them going number one.  They enter as the Modern Era Artist category.

Ray Stevens is this year’s Veterans Era category inductee.  Stevens has a long history in music with country hits and crossover pop/comedy hits. 

Jerry Stevens enters in the non-performer category.  He was a longtime producer of the famed Bradley family. 

The Country Music Hall of Fame was established in 1961 and is located in Nashville Tennessee.

We here at would like to congratulate the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Haloti Ngata Retired

Just as we finished writing about the retirement of Max Unger we have another major retirement in the world of Professional Football to discuss.  

In an epic Instagram post where he was atop Mount Kilimanjaro Haloti Ngata held up a banner stating “I’m retiring from the NFL on top” thus ending a 13 year career.

Ngata was drafted in the 12thOverall in 2006 where the former Oregon Duck proved to be a perfect fit for the Baltimore Ravens Defense.  Ngata would become a starter immediately and from 2009 to 2013 he was a Pro Bowl Selection and in 2010 and 2011 he was a First Team All Pro. Ngata would help the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII where he would record 10 Tackles in the game.  He would be traded to the Detroit Lions where he would play for three years and he finished off with a final season in Philadelphia.

Ngata had a very good career and should he be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he will be eligible in 2024.

We here at wish Haloti Ngata the best in his post playing endeavors.


Max Unger Retires

As we are working on revamping our Pro Football Futures, we have a new retirement to add to the list as New Orleans Saints Center, Max Unger has abruptly retired from the game.

Selected by the Seattle Seahawks as a second round pick out of the University of Oregon, Unger was a starter as a rookie and in his fourth season he was named a First Team All Pro and was named to his first of two straight Pro Bowls.  In that second Pro Bowl year, Unger played on Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII Championship Team.  He would be traded to the New Orleans Saints after the 2014 season where he was a Pro Bowl Selection in 2018, which is now his final year in Pro Football.

We here at wish Max Unger the best in his post playing endeavors.


RIP: Dick Dale

It is a very sad day in the world of rock and roll as Dick Dale, “The King of the Surf Guitar” passed away at the age of 81.

Born Richard Anthony Monsour, Dale was a very influential figure in music.  He drew from Middle Eastern influences and with those non-Western scales and use of reverberation he created a guitar style that matched his love of surfing.

In 1961, he had his first hit with “Let’s Go Trippin”, a song that is credited ushering in the Surf Music craze and shortly after his most signature song, “Misirlou” was released.  Dale was huge in California and would reach a national level and a Dale concert was a must go for a time.  The British Invasion and changing musical trends took him out of the public eye as did a long bout with rectal cancer but he would continue to tour until shortly before his death.

We have him ranked at #13 of those to consider for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

We here at would like to extend our condolences to the friends, family and fans of Dick Dale at this time.


Michael Bisping named to the UFC Hall of Fame

What we here at consider December to April the “Hall of Fame Season” and part of that are the staggered announcements for the UFC Hall of Fame. The first announcement came last night as Michael Bisping who will enter as the Modern Era inductee and is the first member of the Class of 2019.

Making his Mixed Martial Arts debut in 2004, he would win Ultimate Fighter 3 two years later as a Welterweight.  Bisping would eventually move up to Middleweight and would be a top contender for years, though he always seemed to be one fight away from challenging for the UFC Middleweight Title.  High profile losses to Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and Luke Rockhold were offset by big wins over Jason Miller, Cung Le, Thales Leites and Anderson Silva but the title seemed to elude him until UFC 199.  On that night, he took a fight on short notice against Luke Rockhold to avenge his previous defeat and win the Middleweight Championship.  He followed that up with a successful title defense against Dan Henderson, who beat him at UFC 100.  He would lose the title to the legendary Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 and retired shortly after one more loss.  

Historically speaking, Bisping is the first (and only) British fighter to win a championship in the UFC and he is without question the greatest British fighter ever. His 16 wins as a Middleweight is a UFC record and four times he would win “Fight of the Night”.  Bisping retired with a record of 30 Wins and 9 Losses.

We here at would like to congratulate Michael Bisping for earning this honor.


The Inductors are announced for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

It took them a while but the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the full lineup of inductors for their ceremony on March 29.  

The inductors are:

Harry Styles will induct Stevie Nicks

Brian May will induct Def Leppard

Trent Reznor will induct the Cure.

Janelle Monae will induct Janet Jackson.

David Byrne will induct Radiohead.

Susanna Hoffs will induct the Zombies

John Taylor and Simon LeBon will induct Roxy Music.

The selection of Reznor is curious considering how Reznor recently trashed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Thom Yorke of Radiohead had already previously announced that he won’t be there due to a piano piece he wrote debuting at the Paris Philharmonic the same evening.

As of this time the list of performances has not been announced, but we here at will be paying attention! 


Our Top 50 All-Time Arizona Diamondbacks are now up

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Arizona Diamondbacks who won the World Series in 2001.

As for all of our top 50 players in basketball we look at the following: 

  1. Advanced Statistics.
  1. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the American League.
  1. Playoff accomplishments.
  1. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2017-18 Season.

The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

  1. Randy Johnson
  1. Paul Goldschmidt
  1. Brandon Webb
  1. Curt Schilling
  1. Luis Gonzalez

We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  Look for the Top 50 Chicago Blackhawks next.

As always we thank you for your support.

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