Today, U.S. Soccer announced the National Soccer Hall of Fame's Class of 2014, including former U.S. National Team legends Brian McBride and Kristine Lilly and former USMNT and MLS head coach Bob Bradley.
Between 1993 and 2006, McBride kept U.S. Soccer on the global map by scoring 30 goals in 95 caps. McBride led the U.S. Men's National Team to the semifinals of the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup title and the quarterfinals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup and three World Cup's overall. The No. 1 draft pick in Major League Soccer's inaugural season, McBride played 11 seasons in MLS with the Columbus Crew (1996-2003) and Chicago Fire (2008-10), as well as seven seasons with three English teams, including five with Fulham, where he was named captain in his final season. McBride was so popular overseas that Fulham renamed their sports bar McBride's after the popular goalscorer.
"The American striker Brian McBride remains one of the most highly regarded players in the history of the Club, still revered by the fans for his bravery and commitment shown in every one of his 154 appearances." - Fulham FC
Currently, McBride works as an analyst for FOX Soccer.
"My first reaction after hearing about this was I got chills," said McBride. "For me, it's not something you think about while playing. I'm just honored to be thought of in this light by my peers and the press."
Lilly, the sport's all-time international caps leader, played 352 games for the U.S. between 1987 and 2010. Lilly enters the Hall of Fame after a 24-year international career that included winning two of the five FIFA Women's World Cups in which she played. Lilly scored 130 international goals and tallied 105 assists for the USA, second in both only to Mia Hamm. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Lilly played six seasons in U.S. professional leagues, including five for the Boston Breakers in the WUSA and WPS. Lilly is the youngest and oldest player to ever score a goal for the USA and in 2011, she outperformed all of her Boston Breakers teammates in fitness tests.
Lilly continues to advance the game as Director of the Kristine Lilly Soccer Academy and an instructor for TeamFirst Soccer Academy.
Bradley enters the National Soccer Hall of Fame as a Builder. As head coach of the USMNT, he led the team to the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup title, the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final and a first-place finish in Group C at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. As an MLS head coach, Bradley brought success to the Chicago Fire from 1998 to 2002, winning MLS Cup (1998) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup twice (1998, 2002) before coaching the New York/New Jersey MetroStars from 2003-05 and Chivas USA in 2006. He continues to coach, and is currently the manager of Norwegian club Stabaek.
None of the candidates on the Veteran Ballot received the required amount of votes to be elected this year.