Lincoln Phillips leads notable list of nominees for induction into the 2023 National Soccer Hall of Fame

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Lincoln Phillips is a former footballer and soccer coach from Trinidad and Tobago. In 1968, he became the first black professional soccer coach in the United States when he joined the Washington Darts as a player/coach, and he coached Howard University to two undefeated seasons and NCAA Championships. Phillips played goalkeeper for Trinidad and Tobago’s national team from 1963 to 1967, winning a bronze medal with them at the 1967 Pan American Games. He is possibly the most important black figure in the world of American soccer and was recently nominated for induction into the national soccer hall of fame.

There are 43 people on the Player Eligibility List, 89 on the Veteran Eligibility List, and 21 on the Builder Eligibility List of the 155 people named. The other two names are on the Builder Nominee List. Only coaches will be considered for the 2023 Builder Final Ballot, according to the Builder rotation established in 2020.

The Screening Committees of the Hall of Fame will narrow the Player, Veteran, and Builder ballots before they and other members of the Voting Committees vote on the Final Ballot, which will elect a maximum of six new Hall of Fame members. A maximum of three Players, two Veterans, and one Builder can be chosen.

Rox and Ken discuss the list in general and muse about how much Lincoln Phillips deserves this award.

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