Chris Henderson

Seattle Sounders technical staff members among 2016 National Soccer Hall of Fame Nominees

Two members of the Seattle Sounders technical staff are among the 2016 nominees for the National Soccer Hall of Fame, according to a ballot released on Monday.


Sporting Director Chris Henderson and assistant coach Ante Razov are both nominated in the player category, one year after the 2015 inductees had a noticeable Pacific Northwest flair. Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid and current broadcaster and former goalkeeper Kasey Keller were inducted for their contributions to the American soccer community last fall.


Henderson is in his final year of eligibility on the player ballot and will be moved to the veteran ballot if he's not elected this year.


Voting will begin immediately for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories, and continue for three weeks. The results will be announced shortly after and induction ceremony details for the Class of 2016 will be announced at a later date.


In order to be eligible for election as a Player, an individual must be retired for at least three full calendar years, but for no more than 10 full calendar years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 full international games for the U.S.; if played prior to 1990, the game requirement is reduced to 10 games; or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and named to a postseason league All-Star team at least once.


The voting pool includes all past and present full Men's and Women's National Team coaches, all active MLS and NWSL head coaches with a minimum of four years of experience as a head coach at the highest level in the United States, MLS and NWSL management representatives, the MLS and NWSL Commissioners, U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General, U.S. Soccer President, designated media members, and all Hall of Famers.


Each voter can list up to 10 candidates per ballot. Any player appearing on at least 66.7 percent of ballots will earn election, while any player who does not appear on at least five percent of ballots will be removed from voting contention until they qualify for the Veteran ballot.


2016 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player Ballot:

  • Chris Armas
  • Gregg Berhalter
  • Brandi Chastain
  • Wilman Conde
  • Jimmy Conrad
  • Jeff Cunningham
  • Frankie Hejduk
  • Chris Henderson
  • Chris Klein
  • Jason Kreis
  • Eddie Lewis
  • Clint Mathis
  • Kate (Sobrero) Markgraf
  • Tiffeny Milbrett
  • Heather Mitts
  • Jaime Moreno
  • John O’Brien
  • Ben Olsen
  • Pat Onstad
  • Steve Ralston
  • Ante Razov
  • Tiffany Roberts
  • Tony Sanneh
  • Briana Scurry
  • Lindsay Tarpley
  • Taylor Twellman
  • Aly Wagner
  • Josh Wolff


First year of eligibility
Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2017

In addition to the Player ballot, voting will also begin for the Veteran Player and Builder ballots. Ten players are up for selection on the Veteran ballot, which is voted on only by current Hall of Famers after the list has been narrowed down by a screening committee. They include former Crew SC players Robin Fraser and Manny Lagos are featured on the Veteran ballot.


2016 National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran Ballot:

  • Mark Chung
  • Troy Dayak
  • Danielle Fotoloulos
  • Robin Fraser
  • Brian Kamler
  • Manny Lagos
  • Shannon MacMillan
  • Oscar Pareja
  • Evan Whitfield
  • Richie Williams


The 2016 Builder ballot includes seven individuals selected by a screening committee and follows the same procedures for election as the Veteran ballot, although the voting pool is expanded to also include select soccer administrators.


Builders must be at least 50-years-old and are eligible by making their mark in the soccer community in a non-playing capacity while sustaining a major and positive impact on American Soccer at the national, federation or first-division level for at least 10 years. Referees must serve as a FIFA referee for at least seven years to be eligible.


2016 National Soccer Hall of Fame Builder Ballot:

  • Esse Baharmast
  • Bob Contiguglia
  • Don Garber
  • Joe Machnik
  • Francisco Marcos
  • Fritz Marth
  • Steve Sampson
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