Following the U.S. victory over Spain yesterday afternoon, Steve Nash’s 2nd Annual Showdown in Chinatown went down in New York’s Lower East Side last night. The free charity soccer match, featuring NBA stars and international soccer greats, created quite a buzz last year and was further publicized by a viral video this year. Despite the intermittent downpour, a very respectable crowd turned up to see the likes of Nash, Tony Parker, Chris Bosh, Grant Hill, Thierry Henry, Claudio Reyna, Adrian Mutu, Javier Zanetti, Salomon Kalou, Edgar Davids, and several other soccer stars in what promised to be an entertaining matchup between the eight-man sides (Nash and Hill on one team, Parker and Bosh on the other; soccer stars split as well).
Thankfully, the weather remained clear for the duration of the match and the intimate yet accessible outdoor venue ensured that everyone had a good time. The seasoned footballers played to the crowd, showboating in the spirit of streetball, while the NBA stars got a healthy share of touches as well. Nash and Parker certainly held their own, but it was Bosh who turned out to be the fan favorite, if only because he seemed completely out of his element– spectators catcalled as he faced off with Hill and invited him to join the Knicks for the coming NBA season.
NYPost.com posted their video coverage on Youtube, including a handful of Bosh highlights. Expect more footage to go online shortly, as well as a special on Fox Soccer Channel.
Words/Photography: Raymond Hu