The National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was announced Monday, and it includes Kristine Lilly, Brian McBride and Bob Bradley.
McBride and Lilly were voted in as players while Bradley was voted in as “builder”. None of the candidates on the veteran ballot received enough votes.
Further information on the induction ceremony will be announced later. Here in some information for a federation release on this year’s inductees:
Lilly, the sport’s all-time international caps leader, having played 352 games for the United States between 1987 and 2010, and McBride, who starred in three FIFA World Cups (1998, 2002 and 2006) for the U.S. MNT, are first-ballot Hall of Fame inductees. Bradley enters the Hall of Fame after 13 years of coaching soccer at the highest levels in the United States.
Here are some quotes from the release:
“One of the most humbling parts of this is being inducted with so many of the greats that came before me. It’s always an honor to be recognized for something you’ve done, especially for something we did for so long on the U.S. team. It was amazing to wear that U.S. jersey for so long, and I’m forever grateful for the time I was able to play and really grateful for this honor.” — Lilly
“It’s such an honor to be part of this select group. My first reaction after hearing about this was I got chills. 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.” — McBride
“The game has grown tremendously in the United States through the efforts of a great number of people, and I have always respected those who have given so much to move the sport forward. Many of them have been recognized in the National Soccer Hall of Fame, and I am honored to be included.” — Bradley