Eddie Pope began his soccer career at Southwest Guilford while also playing football and baseball. Pope attended the University of North Carolina where he earned All-ACC and All-South Region honors. Pope played professionally in Major League Soccer (MLS) for eleven seasons, spending most of his career at DC United before a short stint with the New York Metro Stars, and eventually ending his career with Real Salt Lake. During his career, Pope was named to the MLS All-Star Team eleven straight years and scored the game-winning goal in the Inaugural MLS Cup (giving DC United it’s first of three titles.) Pope earned 1997 MLS Defender of the Year honors and was honored as MLS Humanitarian of the Year in 2000. Pope competed internationally as a member of the 1996 US Men’s Olympic team, and was a key anchor for the defense during the 1998, 2002, and 2006 World Cups. Eddie retired with 82 caps, 8 goals, and being tied for the most World Cup qualifying matches in US History.