ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Former U.S. national team stars John Harkes, Tab Ramos and Marcelo Balboa were inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Monday. Former player Fernando Clavijo and former U.S. Soccer Federation general secretary Hank Steinbrecher also were inducted along with five players. Tom "Whitey" Fleming, Alex McNab, Johnny Nelson, Werner Nilsen, and Fabri Salcedo were elected from the pre-North American Soccer League era. Broadcaster Seamus Malin received the Colin Jose Media Award for career contributions to the game. "The Hall of Fame is so far beyond anything you can dream about that to say that I had a dream about this would be an outright lie," said Ramos, who scored eight goals in 81 games with the national team and played in the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups. "When you get elected into the Hall of Fame, you get elected into a group of elite people who are the top of the top of the game at the professional level. Just to be standing here is an incredible honor for me." Harkes played in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups and was a U.S. team captain. He had six goals in 90 international appearances. "I am completely and honestly humbled by this induction today," he said. "I was a servant of the game and was very fortunate to have the chance to play." Balboa, now a broadcaster, presented the Hall with the jersey he wore against Nigeria in 1995 when he became the first U.S. player to make 100 international appearances. He finished with 13 goals in 128 games and is third on the appearance list behind Cobi Jones (164) and Jeff Agoos (134). "Being here and realizing the gentlemen that are over here and the pre-NASL guys, I'm humbled and honored to be in the same group as you guys are in right now," Balboa said. Clavijo, who played 61 games for national team, currently is coach of Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids. He also coached Haiti's national team. "To be rewarded by this is absolutely a highlight of my life," he said. Colorado beat D.C. United in the Hall of Fame games, with Balboa playing a penalty kick to Clavijo, who scored the Rapids' first goal.
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