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Shep Messing

Full name: Sheppard Norman "Shep" Messing
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: October 9, 1949 in New York, New York, United States
Affiliations: Harvard Crimson, Cambridge (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Football


Shep Messing was a goalkeeper for Harvard, who started his college career at New York University. He was twice a second-team All-American at Harvard. After college Messing played for seven seasons in the North American Soccer League (NASL) and six in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). Messing was a colorful character. He started in the NASL with the New York Cosmos, but after posing nude in December 1974 in Playgirl magazine, he was cut by the Cosmos, who cited a morals clause. After being cut by the Cosmos, he played for the Boston Minutemen, and then returned to the Cosmos, before moving to the Oakland Stompers. He then finished his NASL career with the Rochester Lancers.

In the MISL Messing played goal for the New York Arrows for six years, making the All-Star team in 1979-81, and being named league MVP in 1979. He was also briefly an interim coach for the Arrows. Messing later co-owned the New York Express in the MISL in 1986-87, but the team folded quickly. He spent over 15 years as a color commentator on US telecasts of professional soccer. Messing is a member of the New York Sports Hall of Fame, the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, and the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 22 München Football Men's Football United States USA 13T

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G YC RC
1972 Summer 22 München Football United States USA Final Standings 13T 1972-08-27 0 0 0
1972 Summer 22 München Football United States USA Group A Match #6 2 1972-08-31 FRG 7, USA 0 0 0
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