The former MLS player and English midfielder David Beckham is among the first-time nominees this year. The 42-year-old Manchester United legend is eligible as he played at least five seasons in the top flight in the US and was an MLS Best XI selection in 2011. Actually, Beckham played six seasons in the Major League Soccer, helping his team Los Angeles Galaxy to win back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012.
At the moment, David Beckham is trying to get his MLS franchise off the ground in Miami. As part of his MLS contract back in 2007, Beckham was allowed to buy a franchise for $25 million, and he actually did that in 2014. The bad news is that his proposal has been met with criticism, even if Miami city has been without a football club since 2001.
The voting pool for the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame includes active MLS and National Women’s Soccer League Management, U.S. Soccer leadership and past and present men’s and women’s U.S. national team coaches. Also on the ballot for the first time this year are Brian Ching, Pablo Mastroeni and Steve Cherundolo. Among those on the builder ballot are the retired coaches Eddie Firmani and Gene Chyzowych along with the former USSF president Bob Contiguglia.
The rules are that each voter can list up to ten players, and one of these players must appear on at least 66.7% of ballots to earn the election. After the vote is conducted, the selections to this year’s class of the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame will be announced in the next couple of months.
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