Prior to Wednesday night's match between the U.S. men's national team and Brazil, a quartet of individuals who helped build the foundation for both men's and women's soccer in this country will receive their due.
Claudio Reyna, Tony Meola, Desmond Armstrong and Tony DiCicco will be inducted into the National Hall of Fame, and longtime journalist Grahame Jones will be honored as well, at a ceremony at FedEx Field before the friendly.
While New Jersey natives Michael Bradley and Tim Howard will help lead the United States into battle Wednesday, their predecessors and N.J. natives Reyna and Meola were two of the more influential players of the past two decades of U.S. Soccer. Reyna captained the national team and was a four-time World Cup veteran, earning 112 caps in 13 years of international play. Meola also hit the 100-cap mark and was a part of three World Cup teams, including the 1990 team that broke this country's 40-year drought of competing on the grandest stage.
DiCicco, meanwhile, coached the U.S. women's national team to Olympic gold in 1996 and the World Cup title in 1999, while Armstrong amassed 81 caps and was also a key part of the 1990 team with Meola.
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