Thierry Henry, David Beckham Highlight USA Hall of Fame Candidates


Arsenal legend, Belgium national team assistant coach and rumored potential Arsene Wenger successor Thierry Henry is one of the biggest names on the final ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 elections. Voting will begin Monday, March 12 and run through Monday, March 26 for the Player, Veteran Player and Builder categories.

The 1998 FIFA World Cup champion and three-time MLS All-Star (New York Red Bulls) is joined by three-time FIFA World Cup squad member and longtime Tottenham Hotspur man Brad Friedel and legendary Manchester United #7 and iconic Class of ’92 member David Beckham on the list of eligible Hall of Fame candidates.


The weekend of Oct. 20-21 marks the grand opening of the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas. Saturday, Oct. 20 will feature the 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony followed by a performance by Imagine Dragons. The full list of candidates is below.

2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame Player Ballot
Juan Pablo Angel*
David Beckham

Gregg Berhalter
Carlos Bocanegra*
Steve Cherundolo
Brian Ching
Bobby Convey*
Jeff Cunningham
Jay DeMerit*
Brad Friedel*
Kevin Hartman
Frankie Hejduk
Thierry Henry*
Stuart Holden*
Eddie Johnson*
Chris Klein
Eddie Lewis
Lori Lindsey*
Kate Sobrero Markgraf
Pablo Mastroeni
Clint Mathis
Tiffeny Milbrett

Heather Mitts
Jaime Moreno
Ben Olsen
Pat Onstad
Steve Ralston
Ante Razov**
Tony Sanneh
Taylor Twellman
Aly Wagner

Josh Wolff

*First year of eligibility
**Final year of eligibility; moves to Veteran ballot in 2019

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