One of the premier American soccer players in the mid-1970s and 1980s, Shep Messing knows more than just a little bit about goal-tending and the game of soccer. Since 2001, he has applied his expertise as an analyst for New York Red Bulls (previously the Metro Stars) telecasts on MSG Networks.
Messing launched his broadcasting career in 1986 calling the action during the World Cup in Mexico. Since then he has called the 2002 World Cup in Korea, the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Additional broadcast work includes calling the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2012 London Olympic Games for NBC.
Messing started his professional playing days as the net minder for the New York Cosmos, playing alongside world-renowned players Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Georgio Chinaglia. Together, they led the Cosmos to victory in the 1977 Soccer Bowl.
Following his stint with the Cosmos, Messing had the distinct honor of being the first player to sign with the Major Indoor Soccer League when he joined the New York Arrows in 1978. He spent six years with the New York Arrows, where he grabbed virtually every goalkeeping title and helped lead the team to the MISL Championship in each of the leagues first four seasons. Messing’s stellar collegiate and amateur career also included appearances with the U.S. team in the Pan Am Games (1971) and the 1972 Olympic Games. He is a member of New York Sports Hall of Fame, the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame.
Dana has been a part of New York Cosmos Training and Development Program since 2014 and has coached youth players of all ages. In addition to serving as TDP coach, Dana has played soccer her whole life. From playing in Guatemala’s women’s national league, to Nassau Community College and ending her collegiate soccer years in SUNY College of Old Westbury.
Inculcated to soccer at such a young age, has made the sport her passion in every way possible. She enjoys nothing more than providing knowledge to the youth players she trains. Helping players improve in talent and gaining confidence in themselves is by far her favorite part of coaching.
Dana currently holds a LIJSL B License and a NSCAA National Diploma and plans to seek further coaching education in the future.