Shep Messing is among nine ex-players on the veteran ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
The National Soccer Hall of Fame Monday announced that nine former players were up for selection on the veteran ballot.
Former Cosmos and New York Arrows goalkeeper Shep Messing was among the players on the ballot.
This category is voted on only by current Hall of Famers after the list has been narrowed down by a screening committee.
Voters can name up to five veteran candidates and the top vote-getter will be elected as long as he or she appears on a minimum of 50 percent of the ballots. If no individual appears on 50 percent of the ballots, then no Veteran will be elected to the 2018 Class. More than one candidate may be elected in the event of a tie.
To be eligible for election as a veteran, an individual must be retired for more than 10 years, and have either: 1) Played in at least 20 international games for the U.S. This requirement is reduced to 10 games if the games were prior to 1990, or 2) Played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and selected as league all-star at least once, or 3) Played at least five seasons in the MISL between the end of the NASL in 1984 and the end of the league in 1992, and been selected as a first-team postseason All-Star in at least one of those seasons.
Voting began Monday, March 12 and will run through Monday, March 26 for the veteran category. The results of the voting will be announced at a later date.
The weekend of Oct. 20-21 will mark the grand opening of the National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Saturday, Oct. 20 will feature the 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony followed by a performance by the Grammy Award-winning band, Imagine Dragons. On Sunday, Oct. 21, FC Dallas will host Sporting Kansas City in the National Soccer Hall of Fame Game.
The veteran ballot