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Shep Messing

Shep Messing (Soccer. Born, Roslyn, NY, Oct. 9, 1949.) Although he earned his greatest recognition during his years as the goalie for the Cosmos in the North American Soccer League, Shep Messing is a man of many parts who has been often brilliant, sometimes controversial and always a competitor. Messing graduated from Harvard with honors […]

Pele

Pele (Soccer.  Born, Tres Coracoes, Brazil, Oct. 23, 1940.)  Although he joined the Cosmos in the twilight of his brilliant career, Edson Arantes do Nascimento (better known as Pelé) was probably single-handedly responsible for setting off a major surge of soccer interest in the United States.  Prior to joining the Cosmos, Pelé had accomplished some […]

Ahmet Ertegun

Ahmet Ertegun (Executive.  Born, Istanbul, Turkey, July 31, 1923; died, New York, NY, Dec. 14, 2006.)  Son of a major force in Turkish political history and a founder of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun was also one of the most important figures in American soccer in the 20th century.  In 1971, Ertegun and his older brother […]

Kevin DeMarrais

Kevin DeMarrais (Public relations.  Born, Teaneck, NJ, July 13, 1942.)  Now established as a business writer for The Record of Hackensack, N.J., Kevin Gerard DeMarrais had a long history of sports public relations.  DeMarrais served as an assistant at the old International Soccer League in the summer of 1964 following his graduation from Columbia.  He […]

Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer (Soccer. Born, September 11, 1945, Munich, West Germany.)  Fabled throughout Europe for his stylish field generalship that really redefined forms of soccer, Franz Beckenbauer was known to soccer fans as “The Kaiser.”  On May 25, 1977, this world-class player came to America to join a New York Cosmos team that already featured Pele […]

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