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Shep Messing headlines four in LI Soccer Player Hall

Goalkeeper Shep Messing of New York Cosmos fame was the headliner in the inaugural class inducted Saturday into the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame.

Messing was one of four inductees honored during the Long Island Junior Soccer League's annual convention at the Hilton Long Island / Huntington hotel in Melville.

Messing graduated from Wheatley High School and Harvard University before he enjoyed a stellar career with the Cosmos and New York Arrows. He is currently an MSG broadcaster for the MLS' New York Red Bulls.

The other honorees included St. Anthony's graduate Chris Armas, a 13-time Major League Soccer all-star midfielder, who won titles with the Long Island Rough Riders, Los Angeles Galaxy and Chicago Fire; Paul LeSueur of Garden City, one of the first Americans to play for the Cosmos in 1972-73 and now the Waldorf School's director of athletics; and Kim Wyant, the goalkeeper for the first U.S. women's national team and a member of the Lady Rough Riders.

"I think it's fitting that two members of our first class are former Cosmos with the rebirth of the Cosmos here on Long Island,'' said Kevin McCrudden, founder of the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame.

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