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 Shep MESSING 1973-1979 
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Stats by Nakayama#9

Name: Shep Messing


Country: :USA: United States
Club: New York Cosmos (1973-1974, 1976-1977), Boston Minutemen (1975-1976), Oakland Stompers (1978), Rochester Lancers (1979)
Position: *GK
Number: 1
Side: RF/BS
Age: 24-30 years (09/10/1949)

Height: 183 cm (184 cm ?)
Weight: 76 kg

Attack: 40
Defence: 77
Balance: 85
Stamina: 64
Top Speed: 75
Acceleration: 82
Response: 87
Agility: 82
Dribble Accuracy: 49
Dribble Speed: 54
Short Pass Accuracy: 50
Short Pass Speed: 52
Long Pass Accuracy: 51
Long Pass Speed: 70
Shot Accuracy: 40
Shot Power: 79
Shot Technique: 42
Free Kick Accuracy: 40
Curling: 42
Header: 46
Jump: 85
Technique: 52
Aggression: 80
Mentality: 75
Goalkeeper Skills: 77
Team Work: 70

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition: 6
Weak Foot Accuracy: 4
Weak Foot Frequency: 4
Consistency: 5
Growth type: Standard/Lasting



Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Defence Minded


First of all i have to say that the goalkeeping in the NASL had almost amateur status , Shep Messing was still one of the best.

DEF=77: Let's say that I want to be nice to him
TS/ACC=75/82: He was incredible fast in coming out
RESP/AGIL=87/82: His reactions and agility were good
JUMP=85: Also no problem for him
AGG=80: Often he went on opponent player than on the ball
GKS= 77: Mostly he looked like a player who had the job to do as a goalie rather than a professional goalkeeper
TW= 70: Sometimes in then out and in and out the team, impossible that he was a constant teamplayer

He played seven seasons in the North American Soccer League and six in the Major Indoor Soccer League. He was also a member of the U.S. soccer team at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Messing, along with his brother Roy, attended high school at The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, New York. Shep is uncle to Wooster School standout player Jamie Messing. He began his collegiate soccer career at New York University. He graduated from Harvard University in 1973 after playing on the school's men's soccer team. He was a two-time second team All-American.

He joined the U.S. national team that played in the 1971 Pan American Games in Cali. He went on to play with the U.S. team at 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. The U.S. went 0-2-1 in group play and failed to qualify for the second round. Messing manned the net in the U.S.'s third game of the games, a 7-0 loss to West Germany. After the Olympics, Messing received offers from teams in Mexico and Germany, but was invited to play for the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League (NASL), alongside prominent teammates Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer and Giorgio Chinaglia.

He made his debut with the Cosmos in a May 20, 1974 exhibition game with Irish club Finn Harps. He would remain a backup for most of his career with the Cosmos. In 1973 and 1974, Jerry Sularz held the starting job.
He achieved a measure of notoriety by posing in the nude for a photo spread in the December 1974 issue of Viva Magazine. For this he was paid $5000. He joked that these photos gave the New York Cosmos more "exposure" than they'd ever received from the media up to that time.
He moved to the Boston Minutemen for a season and a half. Halfway through the 1976 season, Boston owner John Sterge began selling his players when he began to fear he would go bankrupt. The Minutemen sold Messing to the Cosmos who needed him after starter Bob Rigby was injured. Messing then played the 1977 season with the Cosmos before moving to the Oakland Stompers. When he signed with the Stompers for $100,000 per year, he became the highest paid American in the NASL.[1] The Stompers lasted only a single season and Messing moved to the Rochester Lancers.

When the Major Indoor Soccer League began its first season in 1978-1979, the New York Arrows were essentially the Rochester Lancers in different uniforms. As such, Messing became the starting Arrows goalkeeper through the team's six years of existence. Messing became the league's dominant keeper, being named to the MISL All Star team in 1979, 1980 and 1981. He was the championship MVP in 1979.

In 1991, Mr. Messing pled guilty to a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343, commonly referred to as Federal wire fraud. This violation came about during Mr. Messing's tenure as a corporate officer in a securities firm, although he never acted, nor was licensed as a broker or dealer. Mr. Messing was sentenced to five years probation. Mr. Messing filed a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy petition with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York on November 17, 1995. The Bankruptcy Court confirmed the plan of reorganization on February 11, 1998.

(What a legend! :lol: )


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