(April 25, 2012) On May 30th I’ll take part in my 13th consecutive and 17th overall National Soccer Hall of Fall Induction. The ceremony will take place prior to the U.S. Men’s international friendly match vs. Brazil at FedEx Field in suburban Washington, D.C. It’s exciting to have the combination of ceremony and match as it provides an opportunity to introduce the new and the returning Hall of Famers to the fans in attendance. If this is like past Brazil matches, it will be a huge crowd! What could be a more eloquent venue to honor the contributions of all Hall of Famers?!!?
As has often happened in the past, this year’s class includes a builder, two players, and a veteran player. The builder is Tony DiCicco. He coached the U.S. Women’s National Team to the 1999 triumph at the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 1996 Olympic Gold Medal.
Veteran Player Desmond Armstrong was a defender for the 1990 U.S. World Cup team. He played in all three matches of the 1990 FIFA World Cup, the first World Cup tournament for the U.S. since the fabled 1950 tournament.
Players Tony Meola and Claudio Reyna both have long and storied histories on the international stage along with successes in professional leagues. Tony was the goalkeeper with the 1990 squad and the backstop in the 1989 victory against Trinidad and Tobago that qualified the U.S. for the World Cup. Claudio captained the United States to World Cup success in 2002.
I am proud of the election and induction processes that I was a part of creating at the National Soccer Hall of Fame. It is one of the great privileges and honors of my life to continue my participation in these events.
Jack Huckel, Founder & Principal of J.R. Huckel & Associates, offers election and induction consulting services to Halls of Fame. Jack served the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum as Director of Museum and Archives for 9-1/2 years after more than 10 years as a volunteer. More information is available at the firm’s web site. He can be reached at email@example.com or 518/852-3033.
Jack is a member of the International Sports Heritage Association, who’s 2012 Annual Conference will take place at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, RI from October 24 to 26. He is also a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Board of Directors’ Executive Committee. He will become president of the NSCAA in January of 2013.