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In the same year as his inaugural head coaching career, Austin FC Head Coach Josh Wolff has been nominated to the 2021 National Soccer Hall of Fame.

If selected, Wolff will be announced as a Hall of Fame member in March. The announcement will be celebrated up I-35 in Frisco on May 22 in an event that will host none other than Austinite Willie Nelson in concert.


Wolff has been nominated for his 15 years as a pro player, in which he made 267 career MLS appearances and participated in two World Cups as part of the U.S. Men's team. Wolff is also an Olympian who helped the 2000 U.S. men's team to a fourth-place finish.

Wolff began his professional career in 1998 with the Chicago Fire in a rookie year which ended with both an MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup title under his belt. In 84 regular season matches, Wolff scored 32 goals and made 15 assists for the Fire before moving on to the Kansas City Wizards in 2003.

Wolff stayed on with the Wizards for seven seasons, making 119 appearances and scoring 43 goals before finishing his professional playing career at DC United in 2011 and 2012.

In 2002, Wolff was also part of the U.S. team's historic quarterfinal run at the FIFA World Cup. The qualification was the first time the national team had made it to the quarterfinals since 1930 and the furthest the team has made it since. Wolff, who also made the team once again for the 2006 World Cup, scored nine goals and five assists in his time with the USMNT.

After making 80 total goals and 49 assists as a professional player, Wolff took to coaching with his former team, D.C. United, in 2013. Wolff also spent time with the Columbus Crew's 2014 coaching staff before serving the assistant coaching position for the U.S. national team. After four seasons with the USMNT, Wolff took his inaugural head coaching position as Austin F.C's first-ever head coach in 2019.

Wolff is one of 14 former players selected as Hall of Fame finalists, including legendary Manchester United player and current Inter Miami CF co-owner David Beckham. From here, a 48-member Player Committee will narrow down two to four players as the official 2021 Hall of Fame class.

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