National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2017
FRISCO - U.S. Soccer has announced the 2017 National Soccer Hall of Fame Nominees, and the list includes three former FC Dallas players.
Forwards Jeff Cunningham and Jason Kreis, along with goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, are each eligible to become a Hall of Fame member in the player category. It is the first year of eligibility for standout goalkeeper Hartman.
Each of these players represent a different era of FC Dallas.
Kreis played for the franchise from 1996-2004 when the team was known as the Dallas Burn. He scored the franchise’s first goal and still holds the franchise records in games played, goals, assists and points.
Kreis was an invaluable part of the early success enjoyed by Dallas in MLS, helping the team qualify for seven consecutive postseasons and win the 1997 U.S. Open Cup. This is his final year of eligibility as part of the player ballot.
Cunningham spent three seasons with FC Dallas and reached the 2010 MLS Cup with the team. He scored 33 goals in 66 appearances with Dallas, winning the 2009 Golden Boot with 17 goals.
Hartman was another member of the 2010 Western Conference-winning Dallas team. The all-time leader in first-division appearances in American soccer history, Hartman spent three of his 16 MLS seasons in Frisco. He achieved several milestones during his time with Dallas, including his 100th shutout and his 400th match appearance.
In the Builder category, Gordon Jago is eligible for the Hall of Fame. The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Elite Super Group competition, which the FC Dallas U-18 Academy won earlier this year, bears his name.
After closing its facility in Oneonta, New York, in 2010, the National Soccer Hall of Fame will be relocated to Toyota Stadium and is expected to be completed in 2018.
Voting is open for three weeks and conducted by designated media members and those affiliated with U.S. Soccer.