New York, NY — The seventh edition of two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash’s
popular charity soccer match, The Steve Nash Foundation Showdown, which recently took place at New York
City’s Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
The best players of the NBA and soccer gathered to compete at Sara D.
Roosevelt Park in the Lower East Side (at Forsyth and Stanton Streets). Showdown featured
professional soccer players and NBA giants in a 7-a-side game to benefit the Steve Nash
Foundation’s programs for underserved children. The game was a friendly yet competitive match,
complete with high kicks and courageous goals; top class talent was on display. The action on the
field was commentated by lead CBS sportscaster, Spero Dedes and had fans cheering on from the
on-field seats, standing room access, bleacher seating, along the adjacent sidewalks and park
space, and against the surrounding fence.
In its seventh year, Showdown again produced fantastic results. Although the black team led the
red team 4-0 in the first half, the red team was able to make a quick comeback, but was unable to
hold the ultimate lead. As the final buzzer rang, the black team declared an 11-7 win over the red
team. The game was a suspenseful thriller with lead changes, equalizers and show-stopping
moves at each end, yet also resembled a street pick up game: players from a host of teams and
leagues finding a common love of the beautiful game.
Key players coached both teams, Hasan Salihamidzic (6-time German Bundesliga champion,
Bayern Munich) and Charley Ludi (Novara Calcio) for the red team and Kyrie Irving (Cleveland
Cavaliers) for the black team.
Showdown NY’s team players included:
Team Black: Simone Sandri (Showdown Co-Founder), Steve Nash (Showdown Co-Founder and LA
Laker), Alessandro Noselli (NY Cosmos), Kyle Martino (Columbus Crew & L.A. Galaxy), Mason
Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City), Richie Williams (U.S. Men’s
National Under 17 Coach), Bobby Perez (Steve Nash Foundation Prizeo Winner), Enrico Zanus,
and Giovanni Bartolli.
Team Red: Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina), Wilson Chandler
(Denver Nuggets), Jean Paul Pineda (Rangers Chilean Premier League), Jason Kreis (New York
City FC), Tomas Pina Isla (Villarreal CF), Miles Joseph (New York City FC), Mike Quadrino and
Marc Stein (ESPN's Soccer Today).
At the beginning of the game Giuseppe Rossi was presented with a JEANRICHARD Aluminum
Terrascope for the Spirit of Showdown Award in honor of his successful soccer career and
repeated contribution to Showdown over the years. While all the players performed with effortless
expertise and great passion, Dirk Nowitzki set himself apart as an all around great
athlete, earning himself the JEANRICHARD Most Valuable Player Award and receiving one of the
brand’s new Aluminum Terrascope timepieces as well.
This year’s Showdown was sponsored by Cyber Dust, Umbro, jetBlue, Major League Soccer,
Jawbone ®, Microsoft Windows, JEANRICHARD, ESPN NY and Phebe’s Tavern & Grill.
Follow @SteveNashFdn and visit SteveNash.org/Showdown for more information.
About the Steve Nash Foundation:
The Steve Nash Foundation is a US 501(c)(3) and registered Canadian charity dedicated to
assisting underserved children in their health, personal development, education and enjoyment of
life. The Foundation works to increase access to critical needs resources at home and abroad to
ensure that every child has a chance to grow. The Showdown benefits Educare, the Steve Nash
Foundation’s platform to provide highest-quality early learning opportunities to low-income
children and families. Learn more at SteveNash.org.