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Shep Messing helps kids fulfill 'dreams'

Cosmos' goalie Shep Messing, third from left, blocks

Cosmos' goalie Shep Messing, third from left, blocks a shot during game in Portland with Seattle as Cosmos' Bob Smith (12); Werner Roth (4) and Sounders' Tommy Orr (18) watch. (Aug. 29, 1977) (Credit: AP, 1977)

I spoke to Shep Messing Thursday about the Red Bulls and about his plans to attend the Cosmos' opener Saturday.

That is important, but this is more so: Mr. Messing will take part in MSG's fifth annual Garden of Dreams "Dream week," Aug. 12-16, in which the Garden hosts a group of 40 disadvantaged children, giving them a series of memorable experiences.

Aug. 12 is the Red Bulls' turn, during which Messing and announcing partner Steve Cangialosi will work with  the participants on sports broadcasting skills, including mock interview with players.

"I’ve been with MSG for 12, 13 years and this is one of the great pleasures we get," Messing said.

The 63-year-old former goalkeeper said he will stick to broadcasting tips for the youngsters and avoid getting on the field to show them how to block soccer balls.

"I tried that two years ago," he said, "but it took me two months to recover."

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