Natasha Kai Eligible for Soccer Hall of Fame
Late last week the 2015 Ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame was released, and Natasha Kai became the first out LGBT player eligible for the list.
Kai earned eligibility with her 67 National Team caps between 2006 and 2011. Players must be retired for between 3 and 10 years to be considered for the Hall of Fame.
Natasha Kai was out for her entire professional career and for much of her time with the US Women’s National Team, having spoken to NBC prior to her appearance at the 2008 Olympics about issues with her girlfriend affecting her performance.
Kai played for both Sky Blue FC and the Philadelphia Independence of Women’s Professional Soccer. She was selected by Washington in the inaugural NWSL supplemental draft, but was injured and never played for the Spirit. Since soccer retirement, she has played for the US National Women’s Rugby Sevens Team.