Brandi Chastain among 2016 Soccer Hall of Fame nominees

FILE - In this July 10, 1999, file photo, the United States' Brandi Chastain celebrates by taking off her jersey after kicking in the game-winning penalty shootout goal against China in the FIFA Women's World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The last time the United States played China was at the World Cup final in 1999. The two countries play on Friday in the quarterfinals of the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. (Lacy Atkins/The San Francisco Examiner via AP)

(Lacy Atkins/The San Francisco Examiner/AP)

Brandi Chastain is among the 28 nominees announced as possible inductees into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Here’s the  full list and story from U.S. Soccer.

Chastain is in her first year of eligibility.

Tiffany Roberts, on the other hand, is in her final year of regular eligibility. Roberts was a member of the U.S. women’s team from 1994 to 2003 and currently coaches the women’s team at the University of Central Florida. If she doesn’t get voted in this year, she can still be inducted in the future via a veterans’ ballot.

The other U.S. women on the list of nominees, if I didn’t miss anyone, are Kate Markgraf,  Heather Mitts, Tiffeny Milbrett,  the great Briana Scurry, Lindsay Tarpley, and Aly Wagner.

Briana Scurry, 1999 World Cup final. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Briana Scurry, 1999 World Cup final. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

To be eligible, a player must have been retired for three full calendar years. Hall of Fame ballots go to all past and present men’s and women’s team coaches; active Major League Soccer and National Women’s Soccer League head coaches who meet certain experience qualifications; MLS and NWSL management representatives; the MLS and NWSL commissioners; the CEO/secretary general and the president of U.S. Soccer; all Hall of Fame members; and designated media members.

HALL OF FAME LOGO 2450x1100Each voter can list up to 10 candidates. A player who appears on at least two-thirds of the ballots is elected; a player who does not appear on at least 5 percent is removed from the list of nominees until he or she is eligible for the veterans’ ballot, 10 years after his or her retirement.
The voting, which opens immediately, will continue for three weeks.

U.S. Soccer announced last year that a new National Soccer  Hall of Fame will open in 2017 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The stadium is the home of FC Dallas of MLS and a frequent stop for U.S. national teams.

toyota stadium

The Hall of Fame museum was originally in Oneonta, N.Y., but closed in 2010 because of financial challenges.

Although the physical structure was shuttered, U.S. Soccer continued to induct worthy players each year into its ‘Hall of Fame.’

In this video, Dan Hunt, the president of FC Dallas, discusses the Hall of Fame and other planned improvements at the Frisco stadium.

The museum’s collection of more than 80,000 soccer artifacts and records is believed to be the largest in the world. It includes the world’s oldest soccer ball.

But not, apparently, its most famous sports bra.

Jed Jacobsohn/ALLSPORT/Getty Images

Jed Jacobsohn/ALLSPORT/Getty Images

Chastain told The Huffington Post earlier this year that she’s had numerous offers — and “for quite a few dollars” –to sell the bra that she famously bared at the end of the 1999 World Cup championship game.

She’s turned down all offers, she said, because she doesn’t want to be seen as profiting from a great moment in sports history.

“I didn’t want anybody to think that that moment was anything but as spontaneous and organic as it was.”

The black bra, “proudly, is in my house,” she said.

 

 

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