April 17, 2012
A HALL OF A TIME IN LANDOVER
Meola, Reyna, Armstrong, DiCicco to be inducted into Hall on May 30
CHICAGO---The National Soccer Hall of Fame inductions will take place prior to the U.S.-Brazil game in Landover, Md. on May 30.
|Tony Meola will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on May 30.
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Former U.S. National Team standouts Claudio Reyna, Tony Meola and Desmond Armstrong and former U.S. Women's National Team coach Tony DiCicco will be inducted into the Hall that day.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame and U.S. Soccer will hold Induction 2012 at FedExField ahead of the U.S. Men's National Team game against Brazil. The exact start of the Induction will be determined in the near future. Following the invite-only ceremony, new inductees, Hall of Fame members and invited guests will attend a reception. Current Hall of Famers, as well as the Class of 2012 inductees, will be recognized on the field before kickoff.
Meola and Reyna, who were elected on the player ballot, made a significant contribution to the National Team and enjoyed successful club careers overseas and in the United States.
Reyna, a four-time World Cup veteran, had an impressive career in Europe, playing for Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, Rangers, Sunderland and Manchester City. He also captained the New York Red Bulls in 2006 until he retired midway through the 2007 Major League Soccer season.
A former member of the New York/New JErsey MetroStars and Red Bulls, Meola holds second place all-time for most U.S. goalkeeper appearances and was a mainstay in Major League Soccer, earning MVP and Goalkeeper of the Year awards with the Kansas City Wizards.
Armstrong, elected on the veteran ballot, was a stellar defender for the U.S. Men. During an eight-year National Team career, he competed in the 1990 World Cup and the 1988 Olympic Games.
DiCicco was elected on the builder ballot and was recognized for his record-breaking tenure with the Women's National Team, posting 103 victories in 119 matches and leading the squad to the Women's World Cup title at home in 1999.
The U.S. will kick off against five-time World Cup winner Brazil at 8 p.m. ET. More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for the match, which will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision. The match will be the team's last friendly in the U.S. before it begins before World Cup qualifying.