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Tony Meola

Tony Meola played no fewer than 100 international matches for the USA between 1988 and 2006. The agile goalkeeper, who was the American number one at the 1990 FIFA World Cup™ in Italy and the 1994 tournament on home ground, is recognised as the man who paved the way for Kasey Keller, Brad Friedel (the number two at the 2002 FIFA World Cup™) and Tim Howard. Now, at 40, Meola is making the transition into the organisational side of the game with Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) outfit the New Jersey Ironmen. He is also about to launch his own line of jerseys, gloves and other goalkeeper accessories. Meola is used to trying out new things: he once tried out to be a kicker for the American football side the New York Jets, starred in a Broadway play and even ran his own mortgage firm. But he is really excited about his new job. “Our first collection of gloves is ready. There has been an overwhelming response to them,” said Meola.