KENYA BROWN - Thursday, March 31, 2011
Former US national team standouts Earnie Stewart, Cobi Jones and Eddie Pope have earned the esteemed honor of being selected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame's Class of 2011.
Stewart, the Director of Soccer for Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar, is best remembered for scoring the game-winning goal against a heavily favored Colombian national team at the 1994 World Cup.
He is also remembered, along fellow US national team members Thomas Dooley and Roy Wegerle, for being a part of a string of players with American ties who were brought into the US Soccer program in the early 1990s from Europe.
Jones, the Associate Director of Soccer for the revamped New York Cosmos, is the all-time leader in appearances with 164 caps.
The former Coventry City, Vasco da Gama and LA Galaxy midfielder is probably best remembered by US national team fans for being on the wrong end of a nasty challenge by Mexican national team captain Rafael Marquez during their second round match at the 2002 World Cup.
Pope, who once caught the interest of Serie A club AC Milan, came onto the US national team scene during the 1998 World Cup in France.
The multiple time MLS award winner is best remembered for playing a huge role in the US team's run to the quarterfinal of the 2002 World Cup.
Entering the Hall of Fame with these three will be fellow US national team member and former Millwall forward Bruce Murray and former US national team coach Bob Gansler, who led the team in their return to the World Cup in 1990.