Scenes from Steve Nash’s 8th Annual Showdown NYC [PHOTOS]
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The annual Steve Nash Showdown in Chinatown almost didn’t happen this time around. It was much ado over a deteriorated soccer field that wasn’t properly maintained. Nine years of use and abuse really wore it down. The pitch was finally replaced earlier this month after Nike stepped up to the plate, at which point the official date was confirmed.
Nevertheless, a delegation of NBA, MLS, and international soccer stars – past and present – gathered at the freshly-appointed Nike field on Stanton Street for the eighth consecutive summer. Turnout was seemingly lighter this year, but no less exciting.
Giuseppe Rossi got things started by scoring the first goal, further elevating himself in Showdown history as the leading scorer. He would go on to net a few more, stoking his personal fan section (which shows up year after year).
Notable additions to the roster included Italian national team star Alessandro Del Piero, Miami Heat star Luol Deng, and Dream Team forward Chris Mullin.
Showdown NYC is the main vehicle for the Steve Nash Foundation charity organization, which works “to increase access to critical needs resources for children in underserved communities and populations.”