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February 17, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Henderson, Schmid finalists for National Soccer Hall of Fame

hendersonschmid.jpgFinalists for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2011 were announced Thursday by U.S. Soccer. Sounders FC had its share of representation with technical director Chris Henderson (nominated as a player) and coach Sigi Schmid (nominated for non-playing contributions) making the final ballots.

Voting has already begun and continues through March 11. The results will be announced in a few months. Here are the voting rules for the player category as detailed in the USSF press release:

The voting pool includes all Hall of Famers, select soccer administrators and designated media members. Each voter can list up to 10 candidates per ballot. Any player appearing on at least 66.7 percent of ballots will earn election, while any player who does not appear on at least five percent of ballots will be dropped from the Player ballot.

25 players are on the player ballot, including six newcomers: Chris Armas, Cobi Jones, Jason Kreis, Carlos Llamosa, Eddie Pope and Danielle Slaton. The only player in his last year of eligibility is Steve Trittschuh.

Rules are different for the other two categories (veteran players and builders), where only Hall of Famers can vote. Go here for all the eligibility rules if you’re interested. The lists of finalists after the jump:

* * *

2011 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player Ballot

Chris Armas *

Mike Burns

Mauricio Cienfuegos

Raul Diaz Arce

Marco Etcheverry

Robin Fraser

Chris Henderson

Cobi Jones *

Jason Kreis *

Roy Lassiter

Carlos Llamosa *

Shannon MacMillan

Joe-Max Moore

Victor Nogueira

Peter Nowak

John O’Brien

Cindy Parlow

Eddie Pope *

Tiffany Roberts

Danielle Slaton *

Earnie Stewart

Steve Trittschuh ^

Carlos Valderrama

Tisha Venturini-Hoch

Peter Vermes

* First year of eligibility, ^ Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2012

2011 National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran Ballot

Desmond Armstrong

George Best

Julio Cantillo

Teofilo Cubillas

John Doyle

Linda Hamilton

Bill McPherson

Shep Messing

Bruce Murray

Glenn Myernick

2011 National Soccer Hall of Fame Builder Ballot

Chuck Blazer

Bob Contiguglia

Tony DiCicco

Bob Gansler

Francisco Marcos

Fritz Marth

Sigi Schmid

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