EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (AP) — Bruce Arena, Kyle Rote Jr., Thomas Dooley and Preki Radosavljevic were inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame during a ceremony before the international friendly against Brazil on Tuesday night.
Arena, the former U.S. national team and current Los Angeles Galaxy coach, was described as "Unquestionably the most successful coach in the history of American soccer."
Arena coached D.C. United to a pair of MLS Cup championships and one U.S. Open Cup win before taking over as national team coach in 1998. The U.S. advanced to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, the best finish for the Americans since reaching the semifinals of the first tournament in 1930.
Arena said his best moment was the opening 3-2 upset of Portugal at the 2002 World Cup.
"The U.S. had to step on the field after 9-11 and be unified and demonstrate to the world that we are united country and that we could put a product on the field," he said.
Rote Jr. was a forward for Dallas (1972-78) and Houston (1979), and made five appearances for the U.S. national team from 1973-75. His father, Kyle Rote, starred for the NFL's New York Giants from 1951-61 and became a broadcaster for NBC.
Dooley and Preki were both on the 1998 U.S. World Cup team. Dooley scored seven goals in 81 international appearances for the U.S.
Preki, current coach of Toronto FC, was the only player to start the first eight MLS All-Star games and was the league's career points leader when he retired. The Yugoslavian-born star had four goals in 28 appearances on the U.S. national team.