January 25, 2019 Marietta - Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra speaks during a press conference at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground in Marietta on Friday, January 25, 2019. Atlanta United introduced Gonzalo “Pity” Martinez to the media on Friday during a formal press conference at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground. The attacking midfielder was a key part of River Plate’s run to the 2018 Copa Libertadores title, South America’s top international club competition, and scored the final goal in River Plate’s 3-1 victory in Leg 2 against rivals Boca Juniors to win the final 5-3 on aggregate on Dec. 10. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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Carlos Bocanegra would be honored to be voted into Soccer Hall of Fame

Atlanta United Vice President Carlos Bocanegra said Thursday that it would be a “fantastic honor” to be voted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Bocanegra is in his third year on the ballot.  A candidate must be on 66.7 percent of the ballots submitted to be inducted. Each of the approximately 300 voters can select up to 10 candidates per ballot in the players category. Bocanegra was named on 64.6 percent of the ballots in 2019, according to Sports Illustrated’s Brian Straus. Bocanegra is aware of how close he came last year.

“It would be a fantastic honor, and I would love to be part of it, but haven’t dug into it too much,” he said.

Among his qualifications: 110 appearances with the U.S. men’s national team, including as captain of the squad in the 2010 World Cup. He made more than 450 appearances with club teams, including twice being named the MLS Defender of the Year.

The players on the ballot: David Beckham, Gregg Berhalter, Carlos Bocanegra, Nat Borchers, Shannon Boxx, Jen Buczkowski, Conor Casey, Lori Chalupny, Lauren Cheney Holiday, Steve Cherundolo, Brian Ching, Kenny Cooper, Jeff Cunningham, Brad Davis, Whitney Engen, Herculez Gomez, Clarence Goodson, Kevin Hartman, Frankie Hejduk, Thierry Henry, Stuart Holden, Eddie Johnson, Chris Klein, Amy LePeilbet, Eddie Lewis, Lori Lindsey, Mike Magee, Justin Mapp, Kate Sobrero Markgraf, Pablo Mastroeni, Clint Mathis, Heather Mitts, Jaime Moreno, Jamison Olave, Steve Ralston, Cat Reddick Whitehill, Robbie Rogers, Carlos Ruiz, Hope Solo, Kelly Smith, Aly Wagner and Stone Mountain native Josh Wolff.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame is located in Frisco, Texas.

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