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Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy elected to the Soccer Hall of Fame

The former World Cup winning and Gold medal Olympic teammates were will be officially inducted later this year.

CARSON, Calif. – Former teammates Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy, who shared two Olympic gold medals and two World Cup titles, were both elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Hamm was chosen in a landslide, named on 137 of 141 ballots for 97.16 percent of the vote — both records. The previous highest percentage belonged to Michelle Akers, who was elected with 95.77 percent in 2005.

Foudy was selected on 118 ballots for 83.69 percent. The voting was announced at Home Depot Center in Carson.

“What a blessed career that Julie and I have been able to have with such a wonderful group of women,” Hamm said. “To top it off with this nomination is truly exciting for both of us. It’s going to be a weekend that we never forget.”

Hamm and Foudy, each in their first year of eligibility, comprise the first all-women class elected to the Oneonta, N.Y.-based hall. They will be inducted Aug. 26.

The duo will join the five women who have been inducted since the hall began in 1950.

Congrats to both Mia and Julie. They are deserving inductees. There is still more news.

Foudy became a first-time mother on Jan. 1, when she gave birth to daughter Isabel.

Hamm is expecting twins in April with husband Nomar Garciaparra, who is at spring training with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Congratulations again and good luck Mia with the birth.

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