Kyle Rote Jr.
Kyle Rote, Jr., a Dallas native, became the first American born soccer player to win the NASL's (North American Soccer League) scoring title when he had 30 scoring points in 1973. During his illustrious career with the Dallas Tornado & Houston Hurricane he had 128 career scoring points and retired as the Tornado's all time leader in goals, assists and points scored. Rote also earned the honor of being the first Texan to play for the U.S. National Soccer team. He played in five games for the U.S. from 1973-1975. Rote added to his list of honors by competing in the ABC Superstars Competition against athletes like O.J. Simpson, Pete Rose, Julius Erving, Lynn Swann and others. Rote won the event three times in a four year span - 1974, 1976 & 1977. He played college soccer at Sewanee in Tennessee where he set game, season & career scoring records. Rote is also a member of the Tennessee Sports HOF (2002)and the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame (2010). He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2008.