WASHINGTON, February 29, 2012 - Former U.S. National Team captain Claudio Reyna and goalie Tony Meola have been elected to the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame. Reyna who garnered 96 percent of the votes and Meola who got 90 percent, were both on the ballot for the first time.
A former Virginia Cavalier, Reyna is often referred to as one of America’s greatest soccer products. His career was blighted by injury but he made a name for himself playing in pro-leagues in Germany, England and Scotland. The former midfielder had eight goals in 112 international appearances from 1994-2006 and played at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
Meola was the starting goalie at the 1990 and 1994 World Cup. His greatest club moment came when he helped the Kansas City Wizards win the MLS Cup at RFK Stadium in 2000.
Former D.C. United star Marco Etcheverry (58.8) and U.S. striker Joe-Max Moore (57.8) missed out on being elected.
Former U.S. defender and Maryland standout Desmond Armstrong was elected on the veterans’ ballot and former women’s national team coach Tony DiCicco on the builder ballot.
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