ONEONTA, New York -- St. Louis native Al Trost, a veteran of the North American Soccer League, has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Trost had been on the Veteran's Ballot for the past 5 years but never reached the 50% threshold needed for election. He was one of the premier American players in the North American Soccer League and was captain of the U.S. national team in the early 70s.
"Al is a great addition to the Induction Class of 2006," Hall of Fame President/CEO Will Lunn said. "The American players were often overshadowed by the big name players from around the world, but Al certainly fit well among those players, carving out a well deserved reputation as a top midfielder even as he competed against many of the world's best."
Trost was a star at Saint Louis University, named NSCAA All America in 1970 and a two-time winner of the Hermann Award, emblematic of being the top player in collegiate soccer. His NASL career took him to the St. Louis Stars then on the California Surf and Seattle Sounders. In his seven years in the league, he scored 38 goals and had 24 assists.
He played 14 times for the United States in international play and 10 times as an Olympian. He made his national team debut on Aug. 12, 1973 against Poland, scoring a goal in his first match. His Olympic debut was on July 18, 1971 against El Salvador, and he represented the United States in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.