Galaxy great Cobi Jones elected to U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame

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Cobi Jones, who grew up in Westlake Village and spent virtually his entire career with his hometown Galaxy, was elected to the hall in the first year his name was on the ballot.

His full biography is here.

Jones left the Galaxy coaching staff this year to join the New York Cosmos.

Also named to the hall: Eddie Pope, an anchor of the U.S. defense for nearly a decade and winner of three MLS Cups with D.C. United and Earnie Stewart, a three-time World Cup veteran.

From the press release:

Jones, eligible on the player ballot for the first time, was named on 87 percent of the ballots, while Pope earned a spot on 74 percent of the ballots and Stewart on 71 percent of the ballots.

Joining the players in this year’s class are 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.

The Class of 2011 induction ceremony will likely be scheduled for this summer.

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  • Inigo Montoya

    Congratulations to Cobi. For my kids and me, Cobi and Cien defined the Galaxy in the Rose Bowl days.

    My most memorable Cobi moment on the national team was when he came in late against Mexico late in that Round of 16 game in 2002, for the sole purpose of holding the ball and running out the clock. The Mexicans beat the hell out of him but he was defiant to the end, a major part of that huge win.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer Nick Green

    I remember that game well, too. By the 2002 World Cup Cobi was only used a a sub, but in that game he did the dirty work he was asked to do without complaint and did it well.

    That kind of no-nonsense attitude epitomized Cobi on the field and off. He was cordial, but distant with the media with the sort of all business attitude that permeated his play.

    For a speedy winger, he was never very flashy, just direct.

  • Studs Up

    Cobi made a career out of one move to his right. He perfected that move which became his bread and butter from the first day he walked on to the UCLA team until his last day as a pro. He knew his limitations but made up for it with determination and spirit. Great servant to club and country.