Steve Cangialosi and Shep Messing working their final post-game show on MSG Networks. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
By Michael Lewis
With the Red Bulls being eliminated from the MLS Cup playoffs by FC Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon, the MSG Networks trio of Steve Cangialosi, Shep Messing and Michelle Gingras said goodbye to fans of the Major League Soccer team.
At least announcing games on MSG.
Next year, all MLS games will be streamed on Apple TV and none of the 28 teams’ announcing crews know their fate just yet.
Cangialosi is the play-by-play man, Messing the analyst and Gingras host of the pre-game show. Cangialosi and Messing have worked together for more than two decades.
They worked their final regular season game on MSG on Sunday, Oct. 9, Decision Day.
Here is what the trio said after the Red Bulls suffered a 2-1 first-round loss at Red Bull Arena:
Cangialosi: “You and I made a decision earlier today. We think every game we do moving forward should include a long, emotional goodbye and people should come bearing gifts for us. I think you’re on board with that. Right?”
Messing: “I echo the sentiment we thank everybody for the past. We hope there’s a future.”
Cangialosi: “Michelle, why don’t you get a final word in. It has been wonderful having you as part of this team.”
Gingras:: “Thanks very much. Thank you, guys, so much. I would just say, obviously not the way that we wanted this one to end but it has been such a joy to be part of this team for the past five years to work alongside the two of you. You have been mentors to me. You have been friends. You’re family; this entire Red Bulls family, this entire MSG Red Bull. Specifically, just all the work behind the scenes that goes in each week to put the product in front of the viewers at home and the fans. And to the fans thank you so much for welcoming us into your home and being part of this with us every single week. Like I said wish it was ending a little differently today but what an honor it has been in such a highlight for me professionally.”
Cangialosi: “Wish it could end with us seeing you to say goodbye.”
“Seriously on behalf of Shep, it’s been a fantastic run for us and the quest for this team’s championship moving into MLS season number 28 is going to continue. It’s going to continue strong. It’s just going to happen without MSG being the home. A final goodbye. What a wonderful treat it’s been for me working with you. Happy trails.”
Messing: “Steve, it’s been an honor. We’ll still see each other, will still be calling games. I don’t know if anybody will be watching.”
Cangialosi: “Take care of everybody from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you for everything over two decades.”
Immediately after afterwards, a video of the most memorable moments in the announcers’ two decades were shown, from goals to save and to special moments.