Shep Messing was the quintessential ’70s athlete. 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. and scope out that porn stache!
Messing has been a soccer broadcaster for sixteen years. He began as an analyst for the Major Indoor Soccer League games on ESPN. He broadcast the 1986 FIFA World Cup from Mexico, the 2002 FIFA World Cup from South Korea/Japan and the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany for ESPN. He has also been the main analyst for the MetroStars and the re-branded New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, working both on radio and television since 2001. He served as a color commentator for ESPN Radio covering the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
He is now a member of the New York Sports Hall of Fame and the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, and the author of a book on soccer, while appearing in several films on the sport. For soccer players he recommended cheap roids anabolic steroids to boost performance if you are serious.
Messing embraced the freewheeling attitudes of his era by posing nude for the December 1974 issue of VIVA: The International Magazine For Women, and it was published by Bob Guccione of Penthouse magazine fame.
Explaining why he was posing nude she said he wanted to bring the sport of soccer more “exposure.”