A little over a week ago, I got the chance to check out former NBA all star Steve Nash and a bunch of his celebrity friends put on a really cool exhibition soccer game in the Lower East Side. It was all for a good cause with all proceeds going to to the Steve Nash Foundation, but it wasn’t all fun and games - both teams played very hard in the humid NYC weather.
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 (Steven’s father), 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), and Mike Quarino.
Team America won 8-5.