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April 19, 2010
Kyle Rote, Jr. elected as veteran

CHICAGO -- Kyle Rote, Jr., one of the leading U.S.-born players in the original North American Soccer League and the league’s rookie of the year in 1973, has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2010 on the Veteran ballot, it was announced Monday.

Rote, who played seven seasons in the NASL with the Dallas Tornado from 1973-78 and with the Houston Hurricane in 1979, was named on more than 60 percent of the ballots. In his career, he scored 43 goals and had 38 assists. In his rookie year, he led the NASL in scoring, the only American born player ever to do so. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame as a Veteran, a player must be retired for more than 10 years and either:

* Have played at least 20 full international games for the U.S. National Team (10 if the games were prior to 1990)


* Have played at least five seasons in a first-division professional league in the United States and elected as an all-star at least once.

“We are pleased to announce Kyle’s election as a Hall of Famer,” National Soccer Hall of Fame president Jonathan Ullman said in a statement. “As one of the best American-born forwards to play in the North American Soccer League, his on-field performance allowed for him to stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the world’s greatest players. Additionally, his success in the Superstars competitions proved the athleticism of soccer players and raised the sports’ profile nationally.”

The veteran ballot is cast by all living Hall of Famers. The individual who is named on the most ballots and more than the minimum of 50 percent of ballots cast is elected.

Rote earned 29 votes or being named on 60.42 percent of the 48 ballots.

The late Glenn "Mooch" Myernick, a team mate of Rote’s on the Dallas Tornado finished second, having been mentioned on 28 of the ballots (58.33). Former Boston Minuutemen, Cosmos, Oakland Stomperes, Rochester Lancers and New York Arrows goalkeeper Shep Messing was third with 24 votes as he was named on 50 percent of the ballots.

Joining Rote in the Class of 2010 are the Player electees, Thomas Dooley and Preki Radosavljevic, and the Builder electee, Bruce Arena. The 2010 induction ceremony will likely be scheduled for this summer.

Details are still being finalized and will be announced at a later date.

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