LA Galaxy connections abound for National Soccer Hall of Fame nominees

LOS ANGELES –LA Galaxy alumni are well represented among the nominees for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

The candidates for the Hall of Fame are evaluated in three categories: Players, Veterans, and Builders.

Ex-Galaxy players David Beckham, Gregg Berhalter, Edson Buddle, Todd Dunivant, Kevin Hartman, Frankie Hejduk, Chris Klein, Eddie Lewis, Pablo Mastroeni, Clint Mathis, Donovan Ricketts, and Tony Sanneh have been nominated under the player category. Former Galaxy midfielder Chris Armas and assistant coach Dominic Kinnear are eligible under the Veteran category, while ex-AEG president Tim Leiweke and inaugural LA Galaxy head coach Lothar Osiander up for selection through the Builders category.

The players category nominees are limited to players who have been retired for at least three, but no more than 10 years, and either played at least 20 full international games for the USMNT or USWNT, or played at least five seasons in a U.S. first-division professional league and won a league title, the U.S. Open Cup or earned a league All-Star selection.

Veterans are eligible by meeting the above criteria while also being retired for more than 10 years, and builders are eligible by making “his/her mark in soccer in a non-playing capacity and had a major, sustained, and positive impact on U.S. soccer on a national or first-division level.

Voting is done by former coaches and soccer media, with a nominee earning selection by appearing on at least 66.7 percent of ballots. The class will be enshrined during Induction Weekend on Sept 21-22 in Frisco.