The National Soccer Hall of Fame today released the names of all candidates eligible for election in 2023, including 17 former Sporting Kansas City players.
Six past players -- including Sporting KC II head coach Benny Feilhaber in his first year of eligibility -- appear among the 44 individuals on the Player Eligibility List, while 11 other past players -- including Sporting KC assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin -- are among the 89 candidates on the Veteran Eligibility List.
PAST SKC PLAYERS ON PLAYER LIST
- Jamar Beasley (2010)
- Brad Davis (2016)
- Brad Evans (2018)
- Benny Feilhaber (2013-17, 2019)
- Kevin Hartman* (2007-09)
- Eddie Johnson (2006-07)
*Final year of eligibility; if not elected will move to Veteran ballot for 2024 election
PAST SKC PLAYERS ON VETERAN LIST
- Sean Bowers (1996-99)
- Jose Burciaga Jr. (2001-07)
- Mike Burns (2001-02)
- Mark Chung (1996-98)
- Jimmy Conrad (2003-10)
- Chris Henderson (1999-2000)
- Chris Klein (1998-2005)
- Frank Klopas (1996-97)
- Mike Sorber (1996)
- Josh Wolff (2003-06, 2008-10)
- Kerry Zavagnin (2000-08)
The Hall of Fame’s Screening Committees will narrow the Player ballot to a 20-person final ballot and the Veteran ballot to a 10-person final ballot before they and other members of the Voting Committees vote on the final ballots, electing a maximum of three Players and two Veterans into the Hall of Fame for the 2023 election.
Player Eligibility List
In order to be eligible for election as a Player, an individual must be retired for at least three full calendar years, but for no more than 10 full calendar years, and have either:
- Played in at least 20 full international games for the U.S. Men’s National Team, Women’s National Team or Extended National Teams (Paralympic, Beach & Futsal), or
- Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and been named to a postseason league All-Star team at least once.
Veteran Eligibility List
In order to be eligible for election as a Veteran, an individual must be retired for more than 10 full calendar years and have either:
- Played in at least 20 full international games for the U.S. Men’s National Team, Women’s National Team or Extended National Team (10 games if prior to 1990 or five games if prior to 1960), or
- Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and been named to a postseason league All-Star team at least once, or
- Played at least five seasons in the Major Indoor Soccer League between the end of the NASL in 1984 and the end of the MISL in 1992 and been selected as a first-team all-star.
Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available online at NationalSoccerHoF.com. The election process is administered by National Soccer Hall of Fame staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
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