Earlier today, Dan Steinberg tweeted out that former D.C. United midfielder Marco Etcheverry is one of 10 to make this year's class of the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame for 2016. While he is the third soccer figure to receive the honor (former Howard University coach James 'Ted' Chambers and Washington Dips/George Mason coach Gordon Bradley are the first two), Etcheverry is the first D.C. United player to join the Hall, which includes players and media personalities from D.C. sports through the years. He will join former Washington Redskins player Dexter Manley, former Georgetown Hoyas college basketball player Patrick Ewing and Washington Post columnist Christine Brennan, among others, in the class of 2016.
In Etcheverry's eight years in MLS, "El Diablo" averaged a trophy a season, earning three MLS Cups, two Supporters' Shields, a CONCACAF Champions League title, winning the Copa Intramericana and a U.S. Open Cup from 1996-1999. He received MLS Best XI honors from 1996-1999, scored the Goal of the Year in 1997 and 1999, was the MVP in 1998, and still has a Top 10 place in MLS All-Time statistics in assists, game-winning assists, assists per game and assists per 90 minutes.