Bradley, Lilly and McBride elected into Soccer Hall of Fame
Bob Bradley, Kristine Lilly and Brian McBride were elected into 2014 class of the National Soccer Hall of Fame Monday.
Lilly is soccer’s all-time international caps leader. From 1987-2010, she played 352 games for the United States. Lilly also won two FIFA World Cups with the U.S. Women’s National Team.
“One of the most humbling parts of this is being inducted with so many of the greats that came before me,” said Lilly. “It’s always an honor to be recognized for something you’ve done, especially for something we did for so long on the U.S. team. It was amazing to wear that U.S. jersey for so long, and I’m forever grateful for the time I was able to play and really grateful for this honor.”
Striker Brian McBride had 95 caps and 30 goals for the U.S. Men’s National Team. He ranks third on Men’s National teams all-time scoring list. McBride did most of his damage during FIFA World Cup Qualifying. He is the U.S. Men’s all-time leader in World Cup Qualifying goals with 10. McBride has appeared in three World Cups.
“It’s such an honor to be part of this select group. My first reaction after hearing about this was I got chills,” said McBride. “For me, it’s not something you think about while playing. I’m just honored to be thought of in this light by my peers and the press.”
Bradley makes his way into the Hall of Fame class as one of the most prominent soccer coaches to ever stalk a sideline. He was at the helm of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship Team and led the team to a first-place finish in Group C at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He has also won the MLS Cup as the head coach Chicago Fire in 1998 as well as two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups in 1998 and 2002.