Yesterday, two-time NBA MVP, Steve Nash held his annual charity soccer match Showdown NY on the Lower East Side. Showdown featured professional soccer players and NBA stars in a soccer friendly/competitive exhibition to benefit the Steve Nash Foundation’s programs for underserved children.
Team World [Black]: Steve Nash (Two-time NBA MVP), Simone Sandri (Showdown Co-Founder), Alessandro Del Piero (Italy’s World Cup star), Luol Deng (Miami Heat), Matthew Dellavedova (Cleveland Cavaliers), Roman Neustadter (FC Shalke 04), Massimo Gobbi (A.C. Parma), John Nash, Enrico Zanus, Giovanni Bartocci.
Team America [White]: Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina), Kyle Martino (MLS Soccer Analyst), Geoff Cameron (U.S. Men’s National Team & Stoke City), Jay DeMerit (Former U.S. National Team), Jeff Matteo (Assistant Coach St. John’s Basketball), Richie Williams, Chris Mullin (NBA Hall of Famer & Head Coach of St. John’s Basketball), Marc Stein (ESPN’s Soccer Today), Mike Quarino.
Showdown is a fast-paced, competitive soccer match featuring NBA and professional soccer players, joining forces to support the Steve Nash Foundation’s work to benefit underserved children. All proceeds from Showdown ticket sales will benefit the Foundation’s early childhood education platform, Educare.
Past Showdown rosters have included NBA players Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls), Chris Bosh (Miami Heat), Jeremy Lin (Houston Rockets), Marco Belinelli (San Antonio Spurs), and international and MLS soccer pros Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina), Javier Zanetti (Inter), Emmerson Boyce (Wigan), Robbie Rogers (Los Angeles Galaxy), Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal), Massimo Ambrosini (Milan), Ivan Cordoba (Inter), Salomon Kalou (Lille), Claudio Reyna (USA World Cup Team), Patrick Vieira (Manchester City), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Oguchi Onyewu (Malaga CF), and Rod Fanni (Olympique de Marseille).