After a nationwide search, the Major Arena Soccer League Thursday announced that Keith Tozer, Shep Messing and JP Dellacamera will lead the indoor league.

Tozer, a former Major Indoor Soccer League player and coach, will serve as MASL commissioner. Messing, the one-time New York Arrows goalkeeper Shep, will become the league’s first chairman. Dellacamera, the voice of the original MISL, will be the league’s president of communications/media.

They will begin June 15.

“I have never been more excited about the direction of our sport and our league as I am today,” Kansas City Comets managing partner Brian Budzinski said in a statement. “Shep, Keith and JP all bring impeccable backgrounds and reputations to the MASL leadership.”

Former MASL commissioner Josh Schaub, who stepped down after this past season said: “We couldn’t be more proud of the MASL’s accomplishments over the last five years. I couldn’t think of a finer group who not only has the required skills, but also such a great tie to the game of indoor soccer for me to pass the baton to.”

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Keith Tozer

In 1978, Tozer was the first player selected in the inaugural MISL draft by the Cincinnati Kids. A standout player in several leagues, Tozer became a successful coach. He became the all-time winningest coach in indoor soccer with more than 700 victories and six league championships. Tozer also won eight coach of the year awards.

He directed the Milwaukee Waves in various league from 1992-2014 and also guided the U.S. futsal men’s national team for 20 years, winning two Concacaf championships.

“Shep, JP and I are extremely excited about working together along with all the owners, team management, coaches and players to move the game of professional indoor soccer forward here in North America,” Tozer said in a statement. “Indoor soccer has had a very rich past and a very bright future.”

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Shep Messing

One of the goalkeeping legends of the original MISL, Messing was the league’s first signing by the Arrows in 1978. He gave the league instant credibility. The Roslyn, N.Y. native backstopped the Arrows to the MISL’s first four championships.

Messing was a two-time All-American goalkeeper at Harvard University, played with Pele on the New York Cosmos’ 1977 North American Soccer League championship team and was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic soccer team at the Munich Summer Games. He is the former founder along with Pele, of Global Sport Group, LLC, an international soccer agency.

Since 2001, Messing has worked as a TV commentator on the MSG Networks for the Red Bulls’ telecasts. He also has worked as an analyst on four World Cups for ESPN, the Olympic Games for NBC and international matches for FOX Sports.

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JP Dellacamera

A broadcast veteran of 15 World Cups (men and women), Dellacamera has referred to his early years of indoor soccer as some of the finest memories of his career. He worked for the Pittsburgh Spirit and St. Louis Steamers as their TV voice and later became the voice of the MISL for their game of the week broadcasts on ESPN.

Dellacamera has been the Philadelphia Union’s announcer since 2010 and has worked for ESPN, FOX, NBC, ABC and CBS Sports.

He and Messing are the managing directors of the Connecticut Fusion (United Women’s Soccer)

Dellacamera was recognized by the National Soccer Hall of Fame as their 2018 Colin Jose Media Award winner and was inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame in 2019.

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