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January 27, 2013

9 area men on National Soccer Hall of Fame's veteran's or builder's ballot


Shep Messing is a candidate on the National Soccer Hall of Fame's veteran's ballot.
Shep Messing is a candidate on the National Soccer Hall of Fame's veteran's ballot.
Three former players with New York/New Jersey ties were named to the veteran's ballot of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and six men with ties to the the area are on the builder's ballot.

The veteran's ballot includes former New York Cosmos and New York Arrows goalkeeper Shep Messing, former MetroStars and U.S. National Team midfielder Mike Sorber and former MetroStars midfielder-forward Peter Vermes.

The builder's ballot includes former U.S. Soccer vice president and CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer of Westchester, N.Y., former MetroStars and U.S. national coach Bob Bradley, former U.S. Soccer president Bob Contiguglia, who hails from Great Neck, N.Y., Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber, who grew up in Flushing, N.Y., ex-American Youth Soccer Organization head Burton Haimes and the late Fritz Marth, a long-time amateur soccer administrator with the Cosmopolitan Soccer League and Region 1.

Fifteen players are up for selection on the Veteran ballot, which is voted on only by current Hall of Famers after the list has been narrowed down by a screening committee.

Voters can name up to five candidates, and the top vote-getter will be elected as long as he or she appears on a minimum of 50 percent of the ballots. If no veteran appears on 50 percent of the ballots, no one will be elected on this ballot in 2013. More than one candidate may be elected in the event of a tie.

To be elected as a veteran, an individual must be retired as a player must be retired for more than 10 years and have either: 1) Played in at least 10 international games for the U.S. if the caps came before 1990, or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first division professional league and named to a postseason all-league or all-star team at least once.

The veteran's ballot:

George Best, Mike Burns, Julio "Ringo" Cantillo, Teofilo "Nene" Cubillas, John Doyle, Linda Hamilton, Mary Harvey, Lori Henry, Bill McPherson, Shep Messing, Glenn Myernick, John "Harp" O'Connell, Mike Sorber, Carlos Valderrama, Peter Vermes.

The builder's ballot includes 10 individuals selected by a screening committee and follows the same procedures for election as the Veteran ballot, although the voting pool is expanded to also include select soccer administrators.

Builders are eligible by making their mark in the soccer community in a non-playing capacity while sustaining a major and positive impact on U.S. Soccer at the national federation or first-division level for 10 years. Referees must serve as a FIFA referee for at least seven years to be eligible. (although a referee who has less than seven years as a FIFA international referee still can qualify for this list via 10 or more years as a United States first-division referee.)

The builder's ballot:

Esse Baharmast, Chuck Blazer, Bob Bradley, Bob Contiguglia, Don Garber, Burton Haimes, Tim Leiweke, Francisco Marcos, Fritz Marth, Sigi Schmid.
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