One bit of news from the NSCAA convention: Those of us who care about U.S. soccer history are gaining momentum. The Society for American Soccer History might kick itself into gear in the coming months. Academics such as David Kilpatrick, who works with the Cosmos, are working to get serious papers published. And we’re still looking for creative ways to get the Soccer Hall of Fame out of storage, so fans can learn and enjoy this country’s colorful relationship with the world’s game. Now we’ll have our annual vigil to see how many people will be unjustly snubbed in the … Continue reading Soccer Hall of Fame 2014 vote: Perfect 10
Even without Hope Solo’s Twitter jab at Julie Foudy, the voting for the U.S. women’s national team’s all-time Best XI was sure to be controversial, full of difficult cross-generational comparisons. Michelle Akers was a certainty (the one voter who omitted her from his/her ballot should really speak up and explain why). But what about the other two-thirds of the Triple-Edged Sword from 1991 — Carin Jennings Gabarra and April Heinrichs? Do you take Alex Morgan ahead of them even though Morgan is still in the early stages of a surely great career? How about Megan Rapinoe? The midfield competition is … Continue reading Fun and frustration of voting on soccer awards
The National Soccer Hall of Fame: It’s so exclusive, it doesn’t even exist. That’s not to make light of the Hall’s current plight. It’s a real pity to have so much soccer history stored away in North Carolina warehouses instead of in display cases somewhere. If the Hall can’t have a permanent building, perhaps we can at least build a “Virtual Hall” with all that memorabilia on a good website, then scatter some of it in various soccer facilities across the country. We do have a few people making tremendous efforts to keep the history alive — I bumped into … Continue reading Soccer Hall of Fame: Can we induct some people this year, please?
Last year, justice was done in the Soccer Hall of Fame voting. Cobi Jones and Eddie Pope were easy calls, though the fact that Jones got more votes than Pope is a little alarming. The Veterans Committee rectified the voters’ error of omitting Bruce Murray. And at long last, voters realized that Earnie Stewart scored the first winning goal for the USA in a men’s World Cup since 1950, then stuck around to make sure the USA kept getting back to the big show. (Speaking of 1950 — let’s take a moment to remember Harry Keough and be glad that … Continue reading Soccer Hall of Fame: Decisions, decisions