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Soccer Player
    (October 9, 1949- )
    Born in The Bronx, New York
    Goalie for the North American Soccer League teams the New York Cosmos (1973-74,1976-77), Boston Minutemen (1975-76), Oakland Stompers (1978) and Rochester Lancers (1979)
    Goalie for the Major Indoor Soccer League teams the New York Arrows (1978-84), Pittsburgh Spirit (1984-85) and New York Express (1986-87)
    Broadcaster for the New York Red Bulls
    Co-host of 'MLS Extra Time'
    Named to the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
    At Harvard, he kept a kinkajou as a pet in his dorm room, arguing that the rules banned dogs, cats, birds and fish but did not mention kinkajous.
    During his playing career, he sported a Jewfro and porn star 'stache.
    Early in his career, he was better known for posing nude for 'Viva' magazine (December, 1974) than his on field activities.
    He did ads for chewing tobacco.
    He was sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty to wire fraud (1991).
    He was a member of the US soccer team at the Munich Olympics (1972).
    After he posed nude, the Cosmos fired him for violating the morals clause in his contract; since his contract did not actually have a morals clause, he successfully sued for wrongful termination.
    When Pele signed with the Cosmos, he insisted that the team rehire Messing as goalie.
    His $100,000 contract with the Stompers made him the highest-paid American-born soccer player of the day.

Credit: C. Fishel

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