Former U.S. men's team forwards Joe-Max Moore and Peter Vermes have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Moore is the sole Player representative, while Vermes enters the Hall of Fame as a representative from the Veteran ballot. None of the candidates in the Builder category received the required amount of votes to be elected into the Hall of Fame this year.
As a forward and midfielder who played for three U.S. World Cup teams, Moore enters the Hall of Fame in his second to last year of eligibility on the player ballot. Starting with the 1992 Olympics, Moore made 100 appearances for the men's national team over the next decade, including three World Cups. His 24 goals rank fifth all-time in the men's team history. He also spent six seasons in Major League Soccer with the New England Revolution, scoring 53 goals.
Vermes, the current Sporting Kansas City head coach, was an integral part of the U.S. men's team from 1988-97, making his debut in the '88 Olympic Games. The forward scored 11 goals in his 67 career caps and helped his nation qualify for its first World Cup in 40 years in 1990. Following the '90 World Cup in Italy, Vermes captained the team for its championship run in the inaugural CONCACAF Gold Cup in '91.
"Soccer is the consummate team sport and being inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame is certainly indicative of that. It is humbling and a great honor" said Vermes, who became the first American to play in the Hungarian and Dutch first divisions during his club career and starred in MLS from 1996-2002.
"I am appreciative and have learned so much from all of the teammates I have played with and now all the players I have been around from the youth level up on the technical side. My dedication and passion for soccer will never waver and I am so grateful for this recognition."
The location and date for the 2013 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is still to be determined and will be announced at a later date.