The Latest: Brad Friedel joins National Soccer Hall of Fame
NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on National Soccer Hall of Fame inductees (all times local):
Former U.S. forward Tiffeny Milbrett was surprised by her selection to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Thursday by former teammate Brandi Chastain in Portland, Oregon.
Milbrett, a standout at the University of Portland, played for the national team from 1991-2006, amassing 100 goals in 206 appearances. She played in three World Cups and two Olympics.
Milbrett was vital to the team that won the 1999 World Cup and in 1996 scored the game-winning goal in the gold-medal match against China at the Olympics.
Her 100th international goal came in an exhibition game against Ukraine in Portland on the Pilots’ home field.
She also played professionally for numerous clubs, including the New York Power of the Women’s United Soccer Association and FC Gold Pride of Women’s Professional Soccer, both now defunct.
Milbrett is currently a coach for the Colorado Storm’s under-16 and under-17 girls’ teams.
Former U.S. Soccer President Bob Contiguglia has been elected to the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Contiguglia, a doctor now living in Denver, led the USSF from 1998 to 2006. During his tenure, the U.S. women’s national team won a World Cup and an Olympic gold medal.
Before that, Contiguglia served as president of U.S. Youth Soccer for six years.
Contiguglia was informed of his election while at a technology and design meeting for the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Cindy Parlow Cone, who scored 75 goals over an 11-year career with the U.S. women’s national team, is the latest inductee into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Cone was part of the national team that won the 1999 World Cup and a pair of Olympic gold medals. She remains the youngest American player to win a World Cup title and Olympic gold.
Cone was a two-time NCAA Player of the Year at North Carolina. Following her long career with the national team, she went on to coach as an assistant for the Tar Heels and later with the Portland Thorns, who won the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League title in 2013.
Cone joins MLS Commissioner Don Garber and former U.S. national team Goalkeeper Brad Friedel as part of the 2018 class to be enshrined Oct. 20.
Former U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel was surprised with the announcement of his National Soccer Hall of Fame induction by former teammate Tab Ramos.
Friedel was among the players on the ballot for the first time. He joins Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber among the five inductees to be revealed throughout the day.
Friedel made 82 appearances for the United States over 13 years and was on the national team’s roster for three World Cups, starting for the American team that advanced to the quarterfinals in 2002.
He was hired as coach of the New England Revolution in November. Friedel most recently served as coach of the U.S. under-19 national team and was a Fox analyst.
Don Garber is finally a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Major League Soccer’s commissioner was originally inducted back in 2016 but put it off so he could be enshrined in an MLS stadium. The ceremony is set for Oct. 20 at the new Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
Garber was the first of five new inductees set to be announced Thursday. In an MLS staff meeting in New York, Hall of Famer and former national team defender Jeff Agoos formally welcomed Garber to the 2018 class.
Garber was named commissioner of the domestic professional league in 1999. Since then, MLS has more than doubled in size. He is also CEO of Soccer United Marketing, the exclusive marketing partner of U.S. Soccer, and a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation board of directors.