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This Day in Buffalo Sports History; Jan. 24, 1981 -- Manning shines

When the Buffalo Stallions first entered the Major Indoor Soccer League, their "most famous" player probably was goalie Jim May. He was the first player signed by the franchise.

But the Stallions had another goalie on their roster who was pretty good too. Scott Manning turned into something more than a backup during the course of his career.

Manning was born in Rochester and played college soccer at Cortland. He even was picked for the U.S. Olympic team of 1980, which stayed home instead of traveling to Moscow because of the boycott.

Manning took to the indoor game quite nicely. On this day, he recorded the first shutout in Stallions' history, a 5-0 win over Philadelphia.

After spending two years with the Stallions, he moved on to other teams. Manning played for Phoenix, Baltimore, Wichita and Dallas. Eventually he landed a job as a high school soccer coach for a Baltimore-area high school.

-- Budd Bailey

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