Sounders sporting director Chris Henderson and assistant coach Ante Razov have been nominated for induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Class of 2016, for their accomplishments as players. Voting takes place over the next three weeks and the results will be announced shortly thereafter.
Henderson and Razov played for Seattle coach Sigi Schmid at UCLA and joined MLS in its inaugural season in 1996. Schmid and former Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller were elected to the Hall of Fame last year.
Henderson, who has served as sporting director since the club’s MLS inception in 2008, represented the U.S. at the international level 79 times, winning championships in both MLS and NCAA. He played for five teams over 11 seasons and represented the USA at the 1990 World Cup in Italy and 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
An Everett native, Henderson was named the 1989 Gatorade National Player of the Year while at Cascade High School. He played two seasons under Schmid at UCLA, where he led the Bruins to the 1990 national championship.
Razov spent 14 years in MLS from 1996-2009, including seven with the Chicago Fire and four with Chivas USA. He ranks fourth all-time in MLS scoring with 114 goals. The Southern California native also ranks 18th with 66 assists covering 262 appearances, as well as fifth all-time with 11 goals and 10 assists in the postseason.
Razov was capped 25 times by the U.S. Men’s National Team, scoring six goals and helping the USA to the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup title.
Razov played four years at UCLA from 1992-95, finishing with 40 goals and 29 assists. He was the Bruins’ leading scorer in 1993 and 1994 before finishing second in 1995. He joined the Sounders as an assistant in 2015.