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Hope Solo headlines 2020 National Soccer Hall of Fame candidates

Any player receiving 66.7 percent or higher will earn their place in the Hall of Fame

Hope Solo, a former U.S. women's national team goalkeeper, is among the players in their first year of eligibility for the National Soccer Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio, File)

The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced the 42 individuals eligible for the player Class of 2020. Voting for the player, veteran and builder categories will start on March 18. The Hall of Fame will reveal ballots for the veteran and builder categories in the coming weeks. 

Five U.S. World Cup veterans will enter their first year of eligibility: Brad Davis, Whitney Engen, Herculez Gomez, Clarence Goodsen and Hope Solo. Joining them are MLS MVPs Mike Magee and Carlos Ruiz.

MLS Best XI honorees Nat Borchers, Conor Casey, Justin Mapp, Jamison Olave and Robbie Rodgers round up the male players in their first year of eligibility. On the women’s side, WPS all-stars Jen Buczkowski and Kelly Smith complete the 12 new additions to the Class of 2020.

Chris Klein, Eddie Lewis, Kate Sobrero Markgraf, Clint Mathis, Jaime Moreno and Steve Ralston will enter their final year of eligibility. If not selected, the six will move to the veteran category in 2021.

Voting pool and player ballot eligibility 

The voting pool for the National Soccer Hall of Fame includes all past and present U.S. national team coaches. Joining them are all active MLS and NWSL coaches with a minimum of fours years of experience as a head coach in America’s highest level and MLS and NWSL management executives. 

MLS commissioner Don Garber and the NWSL’s eventual executive director will also join the voting committee. US Soccer CEO Dan Flynn, US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro as well as designated media members and all Hall of Famers round up the voting pool. 

Each voter will select 10 candidates. Any player receiving 66.7 percent or higher will earn their place in the Hall of Fame. Players receiving less than five percent will be removed from contention until they are eligible for the veteran ballot.  

All individuals need to be retired from playing for three calendar years but no more than ten in order to be eligible for the player ballot. Players will also need to have either of the two following categories: 1) Having played in at least 20 full international games for the U.S.. 2) Having played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league. Players also need to be named to a postseason league all-star team at least once.

The Hall of Fame reduces the first category to playing in 10 full international games for the U.S. for individuals that have played prior to 1995,

2020 National Soccer Hall of Fame player ballot

  • David Beckham
  • Gregg Berhalter
  • Carlos Bocanegra
  • Shannon Boxx
  • Lori Chalupney
  • Lauren Cheney Holiday
  • Steve Cherundolo
  • Brian Ching
  • Kenny Cooper
  • Jeff Cunningham
  • Kevin Hartman
  • Frankie Hejduk
  • Thierry Henry
  • Stuart Holden
  • Eddie Johnson
  • Amy LePeilbet
  • Lori Lindsey
  • Pablo Mastroeni
  • Heather Mitts
  • Cat Reddick Whitehill
  • Aly Wagner
  • Josh Wolff

First year of eligibility: Nat Borchers, Jen Buczkowski, Conor Casey, Brad Davis, Whitney Engen, Herculez Gomez, Clarence Goodson, Mike Magee, Justin Mapp, Jamison Olave, Robbie Rogers, Carlos Ruiz, Hope Solo, Kelly Smith

Final year of eligibility: Chris Klein, Eddie Lewis, Kate Sobrero Markgraf, Clint Mathis, Jaime Moreno, Steve Ralston

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