The National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium announced today that Sporting Legend Josh Wolff and former Kansas City goalkeeper Kevin Hartman are among the finalists for election to the Class of 2021.
Wolff and Hartman are two of 20 finalists listed on the Player Ballot. The Hall of Fame’s new selection committees will vote Friday through Feb. 10 to select a class of two to four members total from the Player Ballot as well as the 10-person Veteran Ballot and 10-person Builder Ballot.
Selected as the club's newest Sporting Legend in 2019, Wolff starred for the Kansas City Wizards from 2003-2006 and 2008-2010. He is currently the head coach of MLS expansion club Austin FC, having previously served as an assistant with the U.S. Men's National Team and Columbus Crew SC.
Over the course of seven seasons, Wolff played an instrumental role in Kansas City’s on-field success. He amassed 46 goals and 30 assists in 163 competitive appearances, ranking fourth on the club’s all-time goals chart and eighth in assists. He is one of four players in team history—alongside Preki, Chris Klein and Davy Arnaud—to notch at least 40 goals and 30 assists in a Kansas City uniform. His standout 2004 campaign yielded 11 goals in all competitions, culminating in the club’s first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title, a run to the MLS Cup final and MLS All-Star accolades.
On the international stage, Wolff scored nine goals in 52 career caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team. He notably helped the U.S. MNT reach the quarterfinals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea, assisting the game-winning goal in a legendary 2-0 win over archrivals Mexico in the Round of 16. Wolff was a Concacaf Gold Cup champion in 2002 and 2005—scoring the game-winner in the 2002 final against Costa Rica—and appeared at his second World Cup in 2006 in Germany.
Voted as one of the 25 greatest players in MLS history at the end of 2020, Hartman started every MLS match for Kansas City from 2007-2009 and finished with 100 appearances for the club in all competitions. The goalkeeper pieced together a remarkable MLS career from 1997-2013, amassing 465 league appearances and winning two MLS Cups with the LA Galaxy. The MLS All-Star also played six times for the U.S. Men’s National Team.
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.
Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.