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Ljungberg, FCD and the Hall

*Can you believe the expansion Seattle Sounders are going to pay Swedish midfielder Freddie Ljungberg around $2.5 million next year? Me either. Contradicting reports both here and abroad, sources familiar with the negotiations tell the Insider this evening that Ljungberg's contract in 2009 is approximately $1.3 million. Of course, we won't know the specific figures for Freddie, as well as veteran goalkeeper Kasey Keller, until next spring.

*FC Dallas announced it has re-signed goalkeeper Dario Sala and defender Drew Moor. Terms were not revealed. Both have spent four years with FCD. This season, Sala earned $139,000, Moor $149,000.

*Players eligible for election to the National Soccer Hall of Fame were just announced: Jeff Agoos, Mike Burns, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Raul Diaz Arce, Thomas Dooley, John Doyle, Marco Etcheverry, Joy Biefeld Fawcett, Robin Fraser, Dominic Kinnear, Frank Klopas, Roy Lassiter, Shannon MacMillan, Pato Margetic, Joe-Max Moore, Victor Nogueira, Peter Nowak, Cindy Parlow, Preki Radosavljevic, Mike Sorber, Earnie Stewart, Steve Trittschuh, Carlos Valderrama, Tisha Venturini Hoch, Peter Vermes.

Results will be announced Jan. 15. The voters are select media members, Hall of Famers, past and present U.S. men's and women's national team coaches, select MLS coaches and MLS, WPS and USSF administrators. For player bios, click here.

Who are the no-brainers for induction?

By Steve Goff  |  November 4, 2008; 5:54 PM ET
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We better get a heck of alot better if we are paying Gallardo $1.9 mil.and Freddie who will probably produce more and only make $1.3million.

Posted by: TheJim1 | November 4, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

No brainers: Dooley and Fawcett. But they were no-brainers the last two elections. Seems the voters are the "no-brainers."

I'd also vote for Agoos, Stewart and maybe Fraser and Moore.

Hope the vets group votes in Bruce Murray.

Posted by: LAStory | November 4, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Ernie Stewart - The "King" of Looking Dangerous. All hail the King!

Jeff Agoos - Is there anything he didn't win?

Preki would be an interesting pick. Does indoor count? Was his goal against Brazil *that* good. An MLS Cup and 2 MLS MVP's? Coach of the Year count?

Cases could be made for Dooley and Joe-Max as well.

Posted by: LookingDangerous | November 4, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Fawcett, Dooley, Agoos, Stewart, (how many votes do I get).

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 4, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Jeff Agoos, Thomas Dooley, Marco Etcheverry, Frank Klopas, Preki Radosavljevic

I like Pato and Sorbs, but I don't think they'll get it. Dooley was a great player in his day (if only that shot against Brazil would have gone in), and Klopas as symbolic bridge from NASL to MLS, with pro soccer between, though strictly speaking I'm not sure he should get in.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | November 4, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I'll go with Marco, Carlos V, and Coach Nowak, but to be honest I'll vote for anyone who wears a presentation suit to the ceremony.

http://www.behindthebadge.com/2008/11/btb-merchandise-offer-presenta.php

Posted by: Pedalada | November 4, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I elect Agoos. And Etch.

Pato? Who?

Posted by: Reignking | November 4, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Sala and Moor didn't make those figures last season...you MUST have their 2009 numbers under their new deals. Looks like both will be over paid based on performance and FCD's nose dive this year.

Posted by: euroman | November 4, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I always thought Cindy Parlow looked like Conan O'Brien's sister.

Posted by: Henchlow | November 4, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Dooley and Fawcett are the no-brainers. Dooley brought a respectability to the USMNT in that a foreign born player could "choose" to play for the U.S. when he might have had other options. Stewart fits in that category as well.

Fawcett was just a rock. One of the "pioneers" and one who combined motherhood and play at a high level - a virtually impossible task.

Others worth considering -- Agoos and Preki. Bruce Murray as well.

I loved Etch, but I'm not sure that someone who a good run in MLS -- add in Valderama and Diaz Arce to this group -- deserves a spot in the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame.

Posted by: griffin1108 | November 4, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

FC Dallas will win NOTHING with Dario Sala. NOTHING.

The no-brainer is STEWART he played for DC and was no. 8

Posted by: StewartDC8 | November 4, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Names that stick out for me: Jeff Agoos, Thomas Dooley, Mauricio Cienfuegos(because i love his play, although i can admit he might not be worth it in manys eyes for this award), Marco Etcheverry, Joy Biefeld Fawcett, Roy Lassiter, Joe-Max Moore,Earnie Stewart, and Peter Vermes... and again, Pibe Valderrama becaues i love his play, but not sure if he is worthy of this award.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | November 4, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Agoos, Dooley and Preki.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | November 4, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Agos and Fawcett. Parlow and McMillin were usually subs on the WNT so going to be tougher for them.

Posted by: Beckster1 | November 5, 2008 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Earnie Stewart sucked for us (DC). He had 2 good games, one of which was luckily the mls cup final.

Posted by: GoUnited | November 5, 2008 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Agoos, Dooley, Preki and Stewart

Posted by: Curious99 | November 5, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Jeff Agoos and Joe Max Moore are no brainers. Thomas Dooley and Ernie Stewart should be recognized for being part of the modern growth to respectability. Dooley didn't play for USA for long but he kind of put us on the map. Stewart represented well as a Nat and in Holland. Gotta love El Diablo but I am partial to US Nats.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | November 5, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Mike Sorber? Really?

Yes to Goose, Dooley and Fawcett.

I'd say yes to Bruce Murray, but he tried to meg me one too many times for him to earn my support.

Posted by: joedoc1 | November 5, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Marco Etcheverry doesn't need to be inducted into the USHOF to have his career validated.

Posted by: CHICO13 | November 5, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I believe Margetic was around for the last few years of NASL, before heading indoors. To my knowledge, no one has ever gotten into the Hall on the basis of a primarily indoor career. If they had, people such as Steve Zungul and Stan Stamenkovic should have gotten in ahead of Margetic. Preki is a viable candidate on the basis of his outdoor accomplishments as both player and coach; his indoor exploits are just an added bonus.

On another matter, I just got an email from Ticketmaster with this subject line: "November Alert - US Womens National Soccer Team at University of Richmond Stadium." Yeah, I'll buy a couple of tickets, if you throw a time machine rental into the deal.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 5, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Shoe-ins: Jeff Agoos, Thomas Dooley, Marco Etcheverry, Joy Biefeld Fawcett, Frank Klopas, Roy Lassiter, Shannon MacMillan, Joe-Max Moore, Cindy Parlow, Preki Radosavljevic, Earnie Stewart, Carlos Valderrama, Tisha Venturini Hoch, Peter Vermes

Don't forget Preki played for Everton and Red Star Belgrade. He was a consistently excellent player for 20 years, which very few American players can say.

Dooley and Stewart would be shocking omissions this year, as usual.

Posted by: IamAM | November 5, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Bruce Murray?

How does being a former coach of the Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers hockey teams qualify him for the US *Soccer* Hall of Fame? Maybe he played summers in the NASL?

Posted by: Ron16 | November 5, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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