Baltimore Blast Owner Ed Hale will be one of three inaugural inductees into the MISL Hall of Fame, the United Soccer Leagues announced Tuesday.
Hale, who has owned the Blast for 17 years, has been instrumental over the years in keeping the team in the city and keeping the league afloat. The Hall of Fame Class of 2011 will be inducted at the USL Hall of Fame Banquet on Dec. 16 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach (Fla.).
In addition to Hale, long-time Milwaukee Wave Coach Keith Tozer and former Dallas Sidekicks and Wichita Wings player Tatu will be inducted into the MISL wing of the Hall of Fame.
Honorees were chosen through a vote of current Hall of Fame members and USL teams.
Hale was chosen as a "Builder," a visionary who has forged and built the sport of soccer in North America. He's in his second stint as owner of the Blast, first owning the club from 1989-92 and then re-purchasing it in 1998.
During Hale’s second stint, the Blast have become a league power, winning their first league championship in almost two decades in 2003. The franchise followed that with championships in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009.
In addition to his work with the Blast, Hale is the CEO of Visit Baltimore, formerly the Baltimore Area Visitors and Convention Association.
"I am humbled to be included as an inductee in the Hall of Fame with Keith and Tatu who are legendary in our sport," Hale said in a news release. "I am also pleased that we have joined the United Soccer League in a collaborative effort to build our sport in North America."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun