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AYSO Alum Cobi Jones Elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame

AYSO alum Cobi Jones has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2011 on the Player ballot. Jones is the U.S. Men's National Team's all-time leading cap winner and was a long-time member of the Major League Soccer's (MLS) Los Angeles Galaxy. A "cap" is received every time a player makes an official appearance for their national team.

Joining Jones in this year's class is Eddie Pope, a perennial anchor of the U.S. defense for nearly a decade and winner of three MLS Cups with D.C. United; Earnie Stewart, a three-time World Cup veteran; Bruce Murray, a midfielder and forward who was one of the leading stars of the U.S. Men's National Team in the late 1980s and early 1990s who was elected on the Veteran ballot; and former U.S. Men's National Team and Kansas City Wizards head coach Bob Gansler, who was elected on the Builder ballot.

Jones, who started playing AYSO at age 5 in Westlake, Calif., was eligible on the Player ballot for the first time this year and was named on 87 percent of the ballots.

To be eligible for the Hall of Fame as a Player, an individual must have been retired for at least three full calendar years but no more than 10 years, and either played at least 20 full international games for the United States or played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league and was selected as a league All-Star at least once.

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