Famous Goalkeeper Legend Tony Meola Helps Bring The Game To New Fans
Meola played for the U.S. Men’s National Team on three world cup rosters and is highly regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the USA.
Tony Meola is an American soccer goalkeeper who protected the goal for the USA in three FIFA World Cups — 1990, 1994, and the 2002 World Cups. In 1996, Meola was drafted by the MetroStars — the team now known as the New York Red Bulls, and played in New York for two years before moving to the heartlands to join the Kansas City Wizards, today’s Sporting KC MLS franchise.
Meola was one of the extraordinary players who helped form the MLS and a goalkeeper who thrilled fans with his amazing saves.
Tony Meola is in St, Paul Minnesota for USA’s opening match of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and took time to help spread the joy of soccer with the Allstate Day for Play, the initiative that gives cities around the country an opportunity to discover and celebrate the love of the beautiful game.
A strong supporter of Allstate’s efforts to build strong communities and grow the game of soccer, Meola has participated in youth soccer events around the country for six years with the insurance giant. Free and open to the public, the Allstate “Day for Play” encourages soccer fans and players alike to get outside and celebrate their passion — The “Day for Play” initiative is easy for Meola, a lifelong passionate supporter of soccer to get behind.
It is always great to see a celebrated and recognized leader in a sport take time to help grow the game — especially when he enjoys it so much.
nterview with Tony Meola
Meola, who earned the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2000 and was inducted into the NJ Youth Soccer Hall of Fame in 2015, is impressed with how the MLS had grown in the past decade but would like to see more soccer-specific stadiums built across America. What else does this world-class soccer expert think? We asked …
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Diane Scavuzzo: What is one of the most important goals for soccer in America today?
Tony Meola: We need to continue to grow the game. It is fun to see the growth of the game in America and we are more committed to young players than ever before but …
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