MASL ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM
JP Dellacamera, Shep Messing and Keith Tozer form historic new leadership group.
After a nationwide search and thorough vetting process the Major Arena Soccer League
has selected JP Dellacamera, Shep Messing and Keith Tozer to lead the league moving forward. A
former MISL player and coach, Tozer will serve as MASL Commissioner. Former NY Arrows
goalkeeper Messing will become the league's first Chairman, and Dellacamera, once the TV voice
for the original MISL, will become the league's president of communications/media. The trio will
begin on June 15 to further grow the league in all aspects on and off the field.
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In 1978 Tozer was the first player selected overall in the inaugural MISL college draft for the
Cincinnati Kids. A player in several leagues, Tozer turned a playing career into a successful
coaching career. In various indoor stops, Tozer became the all-time winningest coach in indoor
soccer history with over 700 wins, and six league titles, in addition to eight Coach of the Year
Awards. He led the Milwaukee Wave in various leagues from 1992-2014. Tozer also guided
the US Futsal Men’s National Team for 20 years, winning two CONCACAF Gold Medals.
As the trio takes the helm, Tozer's positive outlook on the future of the league shows.
"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. Indoor soccer has had a very rich past and a very bright future" he said.
No name is more synonymous with indoor soccer than Messing’s. As the first MISL signing in
1978, Messing gave the MISL instant credibility, which led to more big signings. Messing's New
York Arrows were a dynasty, winning the first four championships. Messing was a two-time All
American goalkeeper at Harvard University, played with his teammate Pele on a New York Cosmos
championship team, was a member of the 1972 United States Olympic Soccer Team at the Munich
Olympic Games, and capped 14 times by the United States. He is the former founder along with
Pele, of Global Sport Group, LLC, an international soccer agency.
Since 2001 he has worked as a television commentator on the MSG Networks for the New York
Red Bulls on Major League Soccer telecasts. He has additionally broadcast four World Cups for
ESPN, along with Olympic Games on NBC and international games for Fox Sports.
A broadcast veteran of 15 World Cups (men’s and women’s), Dellacamera always refers to his
early years of indoor soccer as some of the finest memories of his career. He worked for both
the Pittsburgh Spirit and the St. Louis Steamers as their TV Voice, and later became the Voice
of the MISL for their game of the week package on ESPN. He was recognized by the National
Soccer Hall of Fame as their Colin Jose Media Award winner in 2018, and was inducted into the
Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame in 2019. He has been the TV Voice of the Philadelphia Union
since 2010 and has worked for ESPN, FOX, NBC, ABC, and CBS Sports. Dellacamera and
Messing are also Managing Directors of the Connecticut Fusion of UWS (United Women's
Soccer). Dellacamera will continue to call games for the Philadelphia Union and for Fox Sports.
Former Commissioner Josh Schaub stated,“We couldn’t be more proud of the MASL’s
accomplishments over the last 5 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.”
Brian Budzinski, Managing Partner of the KC Comets replied when asked about the new
leadership group ,”I have never been more excited about the direction of our sport and our
league as I am today. Shep, Keith, and JP all bring impeccable backgrounds and reputations
to the MASL leadership."