Preki, Dooley elected to the Hall of Fame

January 14, 2010

PHILADELPHIA -- Two-time Major League Soccer MVP Preki and Thomas Dooley were elected Thursday to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Dooley was selected on 83 of the 117 ballots cast in his final year of eligibility. Preki was on 80 ballots (68.4 percent), just over the 66.7 percent required for election. Earnie Stewart (58.1), Shannon MacMillan (54.7) and Joe-Max Moore (52.1) were next on the list.

Dooley and Preki were both on the 1998 U.S. World Cup team, and the two started back-to-back MLS All-Star games in 1998-99.

Dooley, the 1993 U.S. Soccer athlete of the year, is just one of five players in the modern era to start every game in consecutive World Cups for the U.S., accomplishing the feat in 1994 and '98. The German-born star, who began his professional career in his home country, finished with seven goals in 81 international appearances for the U.S.

Preki was the only player to start the first eight MLS All-Star games and was the league's all-time points leader when he retired and the first player with five 10-goal, 10-assist seasons. The Yugoslavian-born star had four goals in 28 appearances on the U.S. national team.

A panel of media, coaches, administrators and Hall of Fame members vote in the election. The date for the induction ceremony has yet to be announced.


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