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National Soccer Hall of Fame reveals 2013 candidate class

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Taylor Twellman, Jason Kreis, Ben Olsen, and Chris Armas are among the 22 candidates for the 2013 National Soccer Hall of Fame.

U.S. Soccer released the 2013 player ballot on Friday afternoon for this year's Hall of Fame class, and it also includes Robin Fraser, Tony Sanneh, John O'Brien and Joe-Max Moore.

National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot

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Here are the 24 finalists, courtesy of Goff:
Mike Burns, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Raul Diaz Arce, Thomas Dooley, John Doyle, Marco Etcheverry, Robin Fraser, Chris Henderson, Eduardo Hurtado, Dominic Kinnear, Roy Lassiter, Shannon MacMillan, Joe-Max Moore, Victor Nogueira, Peter Nowak, John O'Brien, Cindy Parlow, Preki Radosavljevic, Mike Sorber, Earnie Stewart, Steve Trittschuh, Carlos Valderrama, Tisha Venturini-Hoch, Peter Vermes.

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My Soccer Hall Of Fame Ballot

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For the seventh consecutive year, I'm one of the voters for the National Soccer Hall of Fame, and it's a responsibility I take very seriously. I've made each of my previous six ballots and the rationales behind them public, so there's no need to change now.

There are 12 newcomers on the 31-player ballot for 2012.

US legends up for Hall of Fame induction

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Yesterday the official ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2011 was announced, and United States soccer fans will surely be pleased with the candidates. The pool of possible Hall of Famers is full of talented players who plied their trade both domestically in Major League Soccer as well as those pioneers that paved the way for fellow Americans overseas.

Finalists National Soccer Hall of Fame 2011

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SEATTLE, WA Finalists for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2011 were announced Thursday by U.S. Soccer. Voting has already begun and continues through March 11. The results will be announced in a few months. Here are the voting rules for the player category as detailed in the USSF press release: The [.

U.S. Soccer announces nominees for 2011 Hall of Fame induction

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Cobi Jones, Eddie Pope and Jason Kreis highlight a strong group of first-timers among the nominees on the 2011 U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame ballot, which was released Thursday afternoon.

Jones, the United States' all-time leader in caps with 164, played in three World Cups and was one of the most recognizable and distinguished players of his era.

Soccer Hall Of Fame Voting Since 2004

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Here's how the voting has gone for the National Soccer Hall of Fame for the last seven years (all I have are the top tens - my man Jack Huckel, late of the Hall, may have the complete lists, but whether he'll ever share them, I don't know). Those players who were elected are in bold.

In Under The Wire

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So, thanks to my man Dan Loney, I am reminded that Soccer Hall of Fame ballots are due tonight. Last year, I apparently had until early December. Caught me off guard.

Anyway, last year I voted for Jeff Agoos, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Raul Diaz Arce, Marco Etcheverry, Joy Fawcett, Robin Fraser, Pato Margetic, Victor Nogueira, Preki Radosavljevic and Carlos Valderrama.

National Soccer Hall of Fame announces 24 finalists on 2010 Ballot

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The National Soccer Hall of Fame released its final ballot for the Class of 2010 and the 24 former soccer players chosen represent a vast array of teams and eras.

Former U.S. national team standouts Earnie Stewart, Peter Vermes and Thomas Dooley, Women's national team stars Cindy Parlow and Shannon McMillan, as well as foreign-born MLS pioneers Marco Etcheverry, Peter Nowak and Carlos Valderrama are just some of the candidates on the ballot.

National Soccer Hall of Fame announces 24 finalists on 2010 Ballot

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The National Soccer Hall of Fame released its final ballot for the Class of 2010 and the 24 former soccer players chosen represent a vast array of teams and eras.

Former U.S. national team standouts Earnie Stewart, Peter Vermes and Thomas Dooley, Women's national team stars Cindy Parlow and Shannon McMillan, as well as foreign-born MLS pioneers Marco Etcheverry, Peter Nowak and Carlos Valderrama are just some of the candidates on the ballot.

2010 NSHOF Player Ballot

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National Soccer Hall of Fame Press Release:

ONEONTA, NY (November 9, 2009) – The National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum distributed the 2010 Player Ballot today to all voters. The ballot features 24 retired national team and professional players who all have contributed to the growth of soccer in the United States.

LA Galaxy

The Ultras hosted the MLS Cup trophy at Mickey Byrnes Pub.

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The Miami Ultras organized a Major League Soccer watch party at Mickey Byrnes Pub in Hollywood this past Sunday which also had the gracious presence of former Los Angeles Galaxy playmaker and ex Salvadoran national team player Mauricio Cienfuegos.
It was a great experience to be next to the MLS Cup and to be able to pose with it in pictures before it headed West to L.

Galaxy icon Cienfuegos returns to club

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Hot stuff: Former Galaxy midfield general Mauricio Cienfuegos has returned to the club as a coach (Daily Breeze file photo).

Mauricio Cienfuegos, the diminutive Salvadoran who made more than 200 hugely influential appearances for the Galaxy in an eight-year career with the club that ended in 2003, is returning as technical coach for the LA Galaxy Academy.

Error in Lineup Database

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I noticed a couple of errors yesterday relating to the LA Galaxy's games in the 2000 CONCACAF Champions Cup (played in January 2001, but still called the 2000 edition). They've been fixed, and the corrected version can be downloaded here (stats through 2010).

Brian Kelly & Zak Ibsen were each listed with two sub appearances.

Tuesday's Column: CONCACAF Champions League Galaxy gameday

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For the first time in club history the Galaxy play a legitimate Champions League game.

Well, a preliminary round game anyway. And it's against the "minor league" Puerto Rico Islanders not a big name club. Oh, and it's the CONCACAF version not the famous UEFA edition.

Still, for Galaxy fans tonight's 7 o'clock game at Home Depot Center (live on Fox Soccer Channel) is bigger than the MLS All-Star game featuring Manchester United a day later, said Coach Bruce Arena in my weekly column.

VIDEO: Mauricio Cienfuegos and Mundo Deportivo's Alejandro Navarro (Spanish Only)

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Here is the final video interview before posting the LA Galaxy alumni game footage sometime Sunday or early next week. Mundo Deportivo's Alejandro Navarro interviews ex-LA Galaxy playmaker and El Salvadorean legend, Mauricio Cienfuegos, after both of them have finished playing in the alumni match (Spanish only).

NOW PLAYING: Real Salt Lake at LA Galaxy 06.13.09

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Remember if you have any questions for the players or coaches, post here before halftime and I will do what I can.

Venue:
Home Depot Center, Carson, CA

Weather:
Clear and 68 degrees

Referees:
Head Ref: Jasen Anno
Asst Ref: Emiliano Monje
Asst Ref: Jeff Hosking
4th Official: Kevin Stott

Actual Lineups:

Real Salt Lake (3-6-3,12pts)
GK Nick Rimando
RB Tony Beltran
CB Jamison Olave
CB Nat Borchers
LB Chris Wingert
RM Kyle Beckerman -Captain
CM Javier Morales
LM Will Johnson
RS Clint mathis
CS Yura Movsisyan
LS Fabian Espindola

Subs
GK Chris SeitzDF Ian Joy
DF David Horst
MF Raphael Cox
MF Ned Grabavoy
FW Luis Miguel Escalada
FW Tino Nunez

Los Angeles Galaxy (2-1-9, 15pts)
GK Donovan Ricketts
RB AJ DeLaGarza
CB Omar Gonzalez
CB Gregg Berhalter
LB Todd Dunivant
RM Mike Magee
CM Dema Kovalenko
CM Josh Tudela
LM Eddie Lewis - Captain
RS Alan Gordon
LS Edson Buddle

Subs
GK Kevin Guppy
DF Leonard Griffin
DF Tony Sanneh
MF Chris Klein
MF Stefani Miglioranzi
FW Bryan Jordan
FW Jovan Kirovski

PRE-GAME:
-Covered the Galaxy Alumni game with lots of video later this week.

Saturday Galaxy Gameday & More

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Next blogging: Galaxy-Real Salt Lake 7:30 p.m. at Home Depot Center (delayed until 8:30 p.m. on Prime).

An alumni game precedes it at 5 p.m. featuring the likes of Cobi Jones, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Robin Fraser, Dan Calichman and Alexi Lalas.

The first 7,500 fans receive a soccer ball, just in case you need added motivation to get there early.

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History of Don Garber's All Star Commissioner's Picks

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2000 Luis Hernandez & Brian McBride 2001 Luis Hernandez & Santino Quaranta 2002 Marco Etcheverry & Joselito Vaca 2003 Mauricio Cienfuegos & Hong Myung-Bo 2004 Freddy Adu & Jason Kreis 2005 Christian Gomez & Taylor Twellman 2006 Alecko Eskandarian & Richard Mulrooney 2007 Cobi Jones & Eddie Pope 2008 Edson Buddle & Dwayne De Rosario 2009 Kyle Beckerman & Javier Morales 2010 Brian Ching & Jaime Moreno
Players in bold = home team selections.

This week in SoCal soccer history

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If you missed the inaugural edition of this new series of retrospective posts, check it out here.

Here's edition number two:

Fifteen years ago this week

*The Galaxy played their first-ever game April 13, 1996 at the Rose Bowl.

Back then I was working for the LA Times in Ventura County and was still a fan rather than sitting in the press box.

This week in SoCal Soccer History

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It has been 15 years since MLS began, giving U.S. soccer fans a domestic league for the first time since the North American Soccer League finally succumbed to over-spending a dozen long years earlier.

It has been 10 years since the Galaxy began considering a move to Carson (I broke the story in the Daily Breeze in March 2000).

Interesting News and Notes

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Much of this is old news, but I wanted to share just in case you missed it.

Cobi Jones marries his long time girlfriend.

Day on the Links charity golf tournament. Chris Klein all but accuses Eddie Lewis' group of cheating.

Mauricio Cienfuegos "interning" with Sigi Schmidt in Seattle.

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Salgado descarta a Cienfuegos: “Quiere 10 mil dólares al mes”

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En una interesante entrevista con Radio Monumental, Will Salgado descartó a Mauricio Cienfuegos como entrenador de Águila por su alto costo. "Conversé con él, pero no podemos pagar lo que él pide. Quiere 10 mil dólares al mes y eso es imposible. Nosotros queríamos darle la oportunidad de que salga campeón con un equipo de [.

Salgado descarta a Cienfuegos: “Quiere 10 mil dólares al mes”

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En una interesante entrevista con Radio Monumental, Will Salgado descartó a Mauricio Cienfuegos como entrenador de Águila por su alto costo. "Conversé con él, pero no podemos pagar lo que él pide. Quiere 10 mil dólares al mes y eso es imposible. Nosotros queríamos darle la oportunidad de que salga campeón con un equipo de [.

Cienfuegos y Castillo, entre los candidatos a dirigir a FAS

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FAS no quiere perder tiempo y está buscando entrenador. Byron Rodríguez, presidente del club santaneco, lo confirmó. Uno de los candidatos es Mauricio Cienfuegos, quien tiene una gran amistad con el presidente. Otro es Alberto "Chochera" Castillo, el técnico más exitoso en la historia del club, quien ahora dirige al Suchitepéquez de Guatemala, al que [.

Cienfuegos y Castillo, entre los candidatos a dirigir a FAS

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FAS no quiere perder tiempo y está buscando entrenador. Byron Rodríguez, presidente del club santaneco, lo confirmó. Uno de los candidatos es Mauricio Cienfuegos, quien tiene una gran amistad con el presidente. Otro es Alberto "Chochera" Castillo, el técnico más exitoso en la historia del club, quien ahora dirige al Suchitepéquez de Guatemala, al que [.

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Positive Reinforcements

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In a sea of destitution, in a world that is collapsing before our eyes, who will save the Red Bulls from certain disaster?!

Sound the horns gentlemen! The Reinforcements are arriving!

Carlos Johnson was the first to show his face, in a brief appearance this past weekend.

MLS' Best Bicycle Kicks

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So which bicycle kick was the most impressive? Little Mauricio Cienfuegos' beauty against the ol' Dallas Burn? Marcelo Balboa against the Crew? Or was it just seeing Carlos Ruiz in a LA Cosm.... I mean, Galaxy uniform?