Former teammates Mia Hammand Julie Foudy, who each won two Olympic gold medals and two World Cup titles, were both elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
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.
"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-female 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 was founded in 1950.
"This indeed confirms that we are old," Foudy said. "It's fitting to go alongside Mia, having played alongside her for 18 years. It's neat to have two women. We've done a lot of firsts in our careers."
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.
"If there's anything sad about this, that's the only thing," Garciaparra said about not being able to attend. "I'm so happy for her. I know she's thrilled."
-- From News Services