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Revs coach Friedel, GM Burns on Soccer Hall of Fame ballot

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Revs coach Friedel, GM Burns on Soccer Hall of Fame ballot

FOXBORO -- New England Revolution coach Brad Friedel has been named to the ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 elections. In addition, general manager Michael Burns is one of nine former players eligible for election as a Veteran candidate. 
 
Friedel is in his first year of eligibility after completing his playing career in 2014 as one of the most acclaimed American goalkeepers in history. In addition to earning 82 career caps and appearing in six FIFA World Cup matches, Friedel enjoyed a 17-year career in the English Premier League, where he made 310 consecutive starts in goal and ranks among the top 10 all-time with 132 clean sheets. He has won many individual honors over the years, including being named Major League Soccer goalkeeper of the year in 1997, English Premier League goalkeeper of the year in 2003, and the U.S. Soccer Federation’s men’s athlete of the year in 2002. 
 
Burns, who played in 75 international matches for the USMNT between 1992 and 1998, remains on the ballot as a Veteran candidate. Now in his seventh season as General Manager of the Revolution, Burns was a member of the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup squads, and competed in the 1992 Olympics Games. His club career was highlighted by a seven-year playing career in Major League Soccer from 1996-2002, where he made 75 total appearances for New England, San Jose, and Kansas City. 
 
In addition, former Revolution players Taylor Twellman (2002-09) and Steve Ralston (2002-09) remain on the 2018 Player ballot. 
 
Voting begins today and runs through Monday, March 26 for the Player, Veteran Player, and Builder categories. The results of voting will be announced at a later date, and the grand opening of the National Soccer Hall of Fame is set for the weekend of October 20-21, 2018.

Randy Moss makes it to Canton on his first try

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Randy Moss makes it to Canton on his first try

It seemed like it was a matter of when, more than if, when discussing Randy Moss and the Hall of Fame.

Tonight we found out that he would be a first ballot Hall of Famer, as first reported by ESPN's Adam Shefter.

Moss was a long time Viking and later had what many regarded as one of the greatest seasons by a wide receiver in the NFL when he played alongside Tom Brady with the Pats in 2007.

Others named to the Hall of Fame include Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Terrell Owens, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile, and Bobby Beathard.

Former Patriots star Ty Law was a finalist and came up just short this year. He took to Twitter to congratulate his peers.

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Ten former Patriots on list of first-year eligibility for Hall of Fame

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Ten former Patriots on list of first-year eligibility for Hall of Fame

They won't all make it, of course -- and maybe none of them will -- but 10 former Patriots are included in the list of 108 first-time-eligible players for possible induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Randy Moss, who played for New England from 2007-10, is the biggest name on the list. He's joined by 10 other players who played all or part of their careers with the Pats -- defensive backs Ty Law and Rodney Harrison, linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Willie McGinest, defensive end Richard Seymour, tight end Ben Coates, wide receiver Chad Johnson (previously known as Chad Ochocinco) and running backs Corey Dillion and Fred Taylor,

The roster of nominees consists of 53 offensive players, 38 defensive players, 5 special teams players and 12 coaches. Modern era nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and, from there, to 15 finalists in January.

During Super Bowl week, 48 voters will discuss the finalists, plus senior nominees Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer and contributors nominee Bobby Beathard. There is no set number for any class of enshrinees, though between four and eight new members will be selected.

Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are among the biggest names on the list. Also part of the 108 early nominees who are eligible for the first time, having been retired for five years when the class is chosen next February, are cornerback Ronde Barber, wideouts Donald Driver and Steve Smith (former Giant, Eagle and Ram), offensive linemen Steve Hutchinson, Matt Birk and Jeff Saturday, and defensive lineman Kyle Vanden Bosch.

Returning finalists from 2017 are receivers Isaac Bruce and Terrell Owens; center Kevin Mawae; tackles Tony Boselli and Joe Jacoby; guard Alan Faneca; safeties John Lynch and Brian Dawkins; cornerback Ty Law; and coach Don Coryell.

Enshrinement will be next August in Canton.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.