Friday, June 23, 2017

STEVE NASH-NBA MVP STEVE NASH FOUNDATION-10th Annual Showdown

 The annual fundraiser for the STEVE NASH FOUNDATION- stars NBA players-including 2 Brooklyn Nets plus their coach (!!!) and professional soccer players from Premier League and MLS...past and present. Guest coaches who did not play (hmm-there are those contracts)---active MLS stars Forward  David Villa-NYCFC and  Midfielder Sacha Kjlestan of the Red Bulls.

Sara D, Roosevelt Park LES/NYC
Kids from David Villa soccer academy and Steve Nash...
Philadelphia 76er Joel Embiid gives a high five
perfect weather...score 6-5 Red wins...courtesy of 2 goals by MVP Patrick Vieira




























TEAM RED: Claudio Reyna (US Mens National Team, Sporting Director - NYCFC), Patrick Vieira (French National Team, Head Coach - NYCFC), Jeff Matteo (Assistant Coach, St. John’s Basketball and retired US Soccer player), Ricardo Villar (ret. FC Dallas), Jeremy Lin (Brooklyn Nets), Sasha Vujacic (NY Knicks), Salomon Kalou (Hertha BSC), Josh Richardson (Miami Heat), Marc Stein (ESPN), Dwayne De Rosario (Canadian Mens National Team and Toronto FC), Brooke DeRosa (Adelphi University Women’s Head Coach), Mike Quarino (NYCFC). Coach: Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls)
TEAM BLACK: Steve Nash (two-time NBA MVP), Simone Sandri (Showdown Co-Founder), Kyle Martino (retired MLS and US Soccer), Massimo Gobbi (A.C. Parma), Francesco Valiani (retired Italian soccer star). Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Brooklyn Nets), Kenny Atkinson (Head Coach, Brooklyn Nets), Derek Kierans , Darren Randolph (West Ham United, Ireland National Team), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76’ers), Christian Fuchs (Leicester City), and JJ Redick (Los Angeles Clippers). Coach: David Villa (NYCFC)

Former ESPN-sports writer/reporter Marc Stein and clearly pro athlete cause this guy had 0% body fat

half time spectators-included Red Bulls Arron Long + Dan Metzger

busy keeper 

Sasha Vujacic of the NY KNICKS -actually a great soccer payer too



l-r Salomon Kalou, Claudio Reyna, and Patrick Vieira warm up...And cool twist=FYI MVP Patrick Vieira coach of NYCFC had guidance from one of his players...

Sacha Kjelstan

pre game welcome



Brooklyn Nets Jeremy Lynn fancy footwork and 'do-a Man Bun that few can pull off as well as he does.



pretty obvious-the NBA players stood tall(er)

Kyle Martino def hit the deck a few times...

Brooklyn Nets Rondae-Hollis-Jefferson  front+ Miami Heat Josh Richardson

YAY -  a coffee mug  that we will never never use. Also present his coach- MVP Coach Patrick Viera of NYCFC
Ken Atkinson-Head Coach Brooklyn Nets-decent player!
intense match followed by  JJ Reddick LA Clippers on left....
Embiid with Steve Nash and sponsor Tag Heuer



lotsa interviews

Miami Heat's Josh Richardson



NBA players ...who play soccer probably tip up less on the court

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson