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7 former Rapids players nominated for National Soccer Hall of Fame

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The finalized list was announced today.

It was announced today that seven former Colorado Rapids players have been added to the ballot for the 2017 National Soccer Hall of Fame. There are three categories: Player, Veteran Player, and Builder. The ‘Player’ category includes male and female athletes who meet these qualifications:

“...retired for at least three full calendar years, but for no more than 10 full calendar years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 full international games for the U.S.; if played prior to 1990, the game requirement is reduced to 10 games, or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and named to a postseason league All-Star team at least once.”

Former Rapids on this list include:

  • Pablo Mastroeni
  • Tony Sanneh
  • Clint Mathis
  • Joe Cannon
  • Jeff Cunningham

This year is the first year that Mastroeni and Cannon have been eligible.

To qualify for the ‘Veteran Player’ category, the candidate must “be retired for more than 10 years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S. This requirement is reduced to 10 games if the games were prior to 1990, or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and selected as league All-Star at least once, or 3) Played at least five seasons in the MISL between 1984 and the end of the league in 1992, and been selected as a first-team postseason All-Star in at least one of those seasons.”

Former Rapids on this list include:

  • Chris Henderson
  • Roy Wegerle

The ‘Builder’ category is to recognize non-players, like referees.

Voting has begun, and the results will be announced “at a later date” according to the US Soccer press release. The voting pool consists of “all past and present full Men's and Women's National Team coaches, all active MLS and NWSL head coaches with a minimum of four years of experience as a head coach at the highest level in the United States, MLS and NWSL management representatives, the MLS and NWSL Commissioners/Executive Director, U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General, U.S. Soccer President, designated media members and all Hall of Famers.”

Good luck to all of the Rapids nominated!