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Kristine Lilly, Brian McBride, Bob Bradley elected to soccer Hall of Fame

National team veterans Kristine Lilly and Brian McBride and former national team coach Bob Bradley were elected Monday to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Lilly played in a record 352 games for the U.S. women's team over a 24-year international career that featured appearances in five World Cups.

"One of the most humbling parts of this is being inducted with so many of the greats that came before me," said Lilly, who was elected in her first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot. "It's always an honor to be recognized for something you've done, especially for something we did for so long on the U.S. team."

McBride, also a first-ballot selection, played on three U.S. World Cup teams including the 2002 squad that reached the quarterfinals. He also played 11 seasons in Major League Soccer with the Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire and seven seasons for three teams in England.

"My first reaction after hearing about this was I got chills," said McBride, now an analyst for FOX Soccer. "For me it's not something you think about while playing. I'm just honored to be thought of in this light by my peers and the press."

Bradley, meanwhile, was honored for his 13 years of coaching in the U.S., including stints at Chivas USA and with the national team, which he led to the knockout round of  the 2010 World Cup. He may have done his best work over the last three years, though, when he helped Egypt reach the final round of African World Cup qualifying unbeaten.

The underdog Pharaohs, whose near-Cinderella run came at a time when the country was buffeted by deadly political chaos, were ultimately eliminated by Ghana in a two-match playoff.

"I am honored to be included," Bradley, who is currently coaching in Sweden, said of his induction.

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