The United States National Soccer Hall of Fame will grow by three members in 2015, and the three they are adding are among the most deserving ever. Brian McBride, Bob Bradley and Kristine Lilly will all be inducted into the Hall on February 14 at the U.S. Soccer Federation Annual General Meeting in San Francisco, putting them into the upper echelons of American soccer.
McBride had one of the best European careers of any American ever, playing for Wolfsburg, Preston North End, Everton and Fulham. He became such an institution at Fulham that he served as the club's captain and, after his retirement, the pub at Craven Cottage was named after him. McBride also played 11 years in MLS and scored 30 goals for the national team, which he helped win the 2002 Gold Cup and reach the semifinals of the 1999 Confederations Cup. Most notably, he scored two goals in the 2002 World Cup, where the U.S. made the quarterfinals for the only time in modern history.
Bradley is arguably the most successful manager the U.S. has ever had. He won the 2007 Gold Cup, made the 2009 Confederations Cup final, topped the Hex and won the group at the 2010 World Cup. In addition, he won an MLS Cup with the Chicago Fire, as well as two U.S. Open Cups.
Lilly played an incredible 352 matches for the U.S. over 24 years, making her the all-time caps leader in international soccer. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, won two World Cups and retired with 130 international goals to her name, third-most in U.S. history.
Congratulations to all three inductees. They are among the best in American history and incredibly deserving of this honor.