FRISCO - U.S. Soccer has announced the nominees for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2019, including six former FC Dallas players: Kenny Cooper, Jeff Cunningham, Kevin Hartman, Eddie Johnson, Heath Pearce and Greg Vanney. Four were staples of the club's 2010 MLS Cup Final run.
Among the former FCD stars, Johnson, Cunningham and Cooper were franchise record-setting forwards, while the legendary goalkeeper Hartman finished his career in Dallas from 2010-13.
Cooper, in his first year of eligibility, is the second all-time leading scorer for the franchise with 46 goals in 121 games, 105 of them starts. He was named Team MVP in 2006 and in 2008 was named to an MLS All-Star, to the MLS Best XI, and the MLS Comeback Player of the Year.
He also had five goals in 11 caps with the U.S. National Team between 2007 and 2009, including appearances in two World Cup qualifiers.
Johnson is the longest-serving FCD player on the list, starting with the club in the Dallas Burn era in 2001. He played 84 games for FCD from 2001-05, starting 54 of them and accumulated 24 goals and six assists.
Over the course of his career, Johnson had 63 caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team, taking part in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the championship 2013 Gold Cup team.
Hartman, in his second year of eligibility for the National Soccer Hall of Fame, is top five in MLS records for minutes played and shutouts in a season. From 2010-13, Hartman played and started 83 games for FC Dallas.
Hartman was in goal for FCD in their lone MLS Cup Final appearance in 2010 and won MLS Goalkeeper of the Year the same season. He also appeared in FCD's CONCACAF Champions League debut in 2011.
Cunningham is in this third year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame. The forward spent three seasons with FCD and scored 11 goals en route to the 2010 MLS Cup Final. In total, he scored 33 goals in 66 appearances with Dallas and won the 2009 MLS Golden Boot with 17 goals.
Cunningham holds the FC Dallas record for goals in one game with four vs. Kansas City on August 1, 2009. He is also fourth all-time in goals for FCD with 33 and is second in multi-goal games with seven.
Pearce began his MLS career with FC Dallas in 2009, playing in 34 matches with seven assists in two seasons with the club. The defender was named to the 2010 MLS All-Star team and started 28 of the 30 regular season matches in his final season in Texas.
Vanney spent two of his 10 MLS seasons in Dallas from 2005-06, appearing in 53 matches with a goal and three assists to his name while being named an MLS All-Star in both seasons.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2019 will take its place among the best in U.S. Soccer history during Induction Weekend, September 21-22 in Frisco, Texas. Voting for the National Soccer Hall of Fame inductees includes former coaches and media in U.S. Soccer. Each voter can select up to 10 candidates per ballot. Any player appearing on at least 66.7 percent of ballots will earn election.