10/4/11 - The Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame and its blue ribbon selection committee
today announced the 12 members that will make up the 2011 inaugural Hall of Fame
Voting was conducted by the committee over the last month. With so many choices
the voters found little consensus. Perhaps appropriately only one recipient was
a unanimous choice on all 21 ballots and that was original MISL founder and
commissioner Earl Foreman, who launched the modern era of indoor soccer in 1978.
Joining Foreman are eight players and three coaches, including three members of
the Hall of Fame committee, Kenny Cooper, Ron Newman, and Kim Roentved. An
adjusted formula was used to allow members to withdraw from voting for
Members of the selection committee include National Soccer Hall of Famers Newman
and Al Miller, legendary Baltimore Blast Head Coach Cooper, longtime Dallas
Sidekicks Head Coach and former World Indoor Soccer League Commissioner Gordon
Jago, and current MISL coaches Keith Tozer and Roentved.
Six of the 12 inductees came from the San Diego Sockers, who won 10
championships in 11 years from 1981-1992. Coach Newman, joined Steve Zungul,
Branko Segota, Kevin Crow, Juli Veee and Victor Nogueira from those famous
Roentved, the late Stan Stamenkovic, and Tatu were also first ballot players,
along with coach Don Popovic.
The induction subcommittee agreed on a formula that would require 12 votes for
induction this season. Just missing the cut were Preki (11 votes), Kai Haaskivi
(10), Zoltan Toth (9), Mike Stankovic (8), and Slobo Ilijevski and Hector
Marinaro (7 each).
Teams from the Major Indoor Soccer League and Professional Arena Soccer League
will have the ability to honor their alumni on designated Hall of Fame Nights
throughout the season.
2011 INDOOR SOCCER HALL OF FAME CLASS
Earl Foreman (21 votes) - Foreman co-founded the MISL in 1978 with Ed Tepper and
served as commissioner until 1985 and returned for a second stint from
1989-1992. Foreman, a lawyer-turned-sportsman, previously had ownership at
various times in the Baltimore Bullets, Philadelphia Eagles, and Oakland
Oaks/Washington Caps/Virginia Squires (ABA). Under Foreman's leadership the MISL
blossomed into a 14 team league averaging 9,000 a game with nationally televised
games on ESPN and CBS.
Steve Zungul (20) - Known as The Lord of All Indoors, Zungul set just about
every indoor soccer scoring record during his 11 year career. Zungul was to
indoor soccer what Wayne Gretzky was to hockey. In 423 games he scored 652
goals, 471 assists and 1,123 points. He added another 189 points in 77 playoff
games en route to winning eight championships with the New York Arrows and San
Diego Sockers. Amongst his most impressive feats are his 108 goal season in
1980-81, a 76-game point scoring streak from 1978-81, and scoring three goals in
37 seconds in a game in 1982. He was named MISL MVP a record six times.
Branko Segota (20) - Often overshadowed by Zungul, Segota was the second
all-time leading scorer in the MISL and won nine MISL championships with New
York and San Diego and also won a 10th with the Las Vegas Dustdevils of the
Continental Indoor Soccer League. Segota scored 463 goals, 378 assists for 841
points in 403 MISL games. He also played with the St. Louis Storm and Baltimore
Spirit. He was born in what is now Croatia, but represented Canada in the 1986
Tatu (19) - Antonio Carlos Pecorari, known as Tatu, or sometimes the Fantastic
Armadillo, was the face of the Dallas Sidekicks for two decades. Playing for
Gordon Jago on the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Tatu began his famous custom of throwing
his shirt into the crowd after every goal he scored. In 1984 he followed Jago to
Dallas where he remained as a player and eventually a coach until 2003. Tatu won
four championships with the Sidekicks, was third on the all-time MISL scoring
list and second in the history of indoor soccer in points. Tatu's popularity was
important to the growth of indoor soccer and the long-time success of the
Sidekicks. Tatu played one season for the Wichita Wings while the Sidekicks were
transitioning from the MISL to the CISL.
Stan Stamenkovic (16) - Stan "The Magician" was perhaps the most skilled
ballhandler in the history of indoor soccer. It was not uncommon to see
Stamenkovic dribble through three players and then score one of his patented
backheel goals. At 6', 200lbs. Stamenkovic wasn't a physical specimen, but
defensive double teams could rarely contain him. Stamenkovic led the Blast to
the 1984 MISL championship as the regular season MVP and playoff leading scorer.
Three times Stamenkovic was voted as MVP of the MISL All-Star Game. Stan was
10th all-time in MISL scoring (542 points) despite just playing in 256 games.
His career began in Memphis and he attempted a brief comeback with the San Jose
Grizzlies. Less than two years later, on January 26, 1996, Stamenkovic
tragically died in a fall at the age of 39.
Kevin Crow (13) - The only American born player in this year's class, Crow was
the Sockers steady man in the back. Crow played 10 seasons with the Sockers, and
won eight championships, five Defender of the Year awards, and was a six-time
All-MISL First Team defender. He played 433 regular season games for the Sockers
and earned 13 caps with the US National Team.
Victor Nogueira (12) - The ageless goalkeeper from Mozambique enjoyed a career
that spanned the NASL, MISL, and NPSL over parts of four decades before retiring
at 45. Nogueira won 12 Goalkeeper of the Year awards, four MVP awards, and seven
championships with the Sockers and Milwaukee Wave. Nogueira won 166 games in the
MISL with Chicago, Cleveland, and San Diego and was the Wave's all-time wins
leader with 227. He held the MISL records for wins in a season (31) and GAA
Kim Roentved (12) - Kim "the Rocket" was the highest scoring defender in MISL
history. Roentved scored 504 points in 494 MISL regular season games with the
Wichita Wings and Kansas City Comets. He played another 237 games in the NPSL
with 124 goals and 189 assists giving 817 career points. Roentved was selected
to play in a record 14 All-Star Games and was twice named the MISL Defender of
the Year and once earned the same honor in the NPSL.
Juli Veee (12) - "Double deuce and triple E, the one and only Juli Veee" made an
indelible mark on the Arrows and Sockers. Veee, born Gyula Visnyei, played just
nine seasons indoor, but won six championships and scored 602 points in 263 MISL
and NASL Indoor games. Veee was named MVP of the 1983 Championship and played in
three All-Star Games. He earned four caps with the US National Team after
becoming a US citizen.
Ron Newman (18) - A member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Newman cemented
his reputation by leading the Sockers to 10 titles in 11 years. His career
record with the Sockers and Arizona Sandsharks was 371-223. In the MISL years
his teams only lost one playoff series in nine years and carried an 80-37
playoff record. Newman only won the 1987-88 MISL Coach of the Year award, a
surprising stat given that he was able to overcome adversity year after year to
guide the Sockers to title after title. Newman also revolutionized how the game
was played, adapting the sixth attacker, super power play and streamlined
substitution techniques that put the Sockers on the cutting edge.
Kenny Cooper (17) - Though Cooper began his indoor coaching career with the
Houston Summit and ended with the Tampa Bay Terror, he will forever be
recognized as the beloved coach of the Baltimore Blast. Cooper guided the Blast
to five championship appearances, winning once in 1984. Cooper compiled a career
record of 416-321, was the 1988-89 MISL Coach of the Year, and the MISL's
all-time leader in wins. His impact on the bench was undeniable, but as an
ambassador for the game he helped move the Summit to Baltimore and blossom as a
franchise. Cooper not only sustained the Blast's popularity, but was
instrumental in finding new ownership when the MISL folded. His legacy lives on
as Baltimore has maintained an indoor team for 32 years.
Don Popovic (13) - Popovic and his New York Arrows were the most dominant team
in MISL history. They won the first four championships compiling a 114-26
record. Much of the success of the San Diego Sockers derived from the core group
that originated in New York. Popovic would coach six MISL teams and never
duplicated what his Arrows did, but found success in Las Vegas and St. Louis,
sometimes reuniting with such players as Juli Veee and Zoltan Toth. Popovic
finished with a career record of 256-155.
About Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame
The mission of the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame is to forge a common history for
the unique sport of indoor/arena soccer, to celebrate its past, and set the
standard for future achievement. For more information or to make a donation
please visit the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame at
9/26/11 - After thirty three years, several leagues, and thousands of goals,
the sport of indoor soccer will now have a place to immortalize its very
best players, coaches and contributors.
The Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame and its blue ribbon selection committee was
announced today from its home at www.indoorsoccerhall.com.
The initial selection committee includes 21 members from a variety of
backgrounds. Among the group are media/historians, current and former
coaches, team administrators and players. The committee includes
representatives from the Major Indoor Soccer League and Professional Arena
Soccer League, but is not directly affiliated with any one organization.
"I have been involved with the sport for 29 years as a fan, player, writer,
promoter, team office employee, league office employee and league co-owner,"
said founder Sydney Nusinov, currently the Director of Operations for the
PASL. "It is important to me to embrace our common history and celebrate it
in an all-inclusive way. The Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame belongs to all of
Members of the selection committee include Ron Newman, Kenny Cooper, Al
Miller, Otto Orf, and current MISL coaches Keith Tozer and Kim Roentved.
The initial classes of inductees will focus on the era from 1978 to 1992
when the original MISL and NASL Indoor dominated the indoor scene. To be
considered, players must have played at least six seasons through 1991-92.
Also on the ballot are coaches, builders, and administrators who made an
indelible impact on the sport.
Inductees will be announced on Tuesday October 4 prior to the start of the
MISL and PASL seasons and teams from both leagues will have the ability to
honor their alumni on designated Hall of Fame Nights throughout the season.
About Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame
The mission of the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame is to forge a common history
for the unique sport of indoor/arena soccer, to celebrate its past, and set
the standard for future achievement. For more information or to make a
donation please visit the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame at