On a sticky Wednesday evening in the Lower East Side, Steve Nash and friends were preparing for the annual Steve Nash Foundation “Showdown in Chinatown”.
Steve Nash turned to six-time MLS cup winner Landon Donovan as the head of the opposing team. This was Donovan’s first time at the event, but he made it clear from the beginning that he was here to win.
Before the match began, young soccer players were given the chance to play and run drills like the pros do before a game. Neighborhood kids lined the fence of the park in an effort to catch some of their favorite players in action.
This year’s rosters included Toronto Raptors big man Bismack Biyombo, Hertha BSC striker Salomon Kalou, New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford, with a special appearance from NBA stars CJ McCollum (Portland Trailblazers) and Kevin Durant (OKC Thunder). Coach Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis) and his assistant were right on the sideline providing commentary and advice to his players on Team Nash.
With all of the soccer stars present, there was one basketball player who stole the show- Biyombo.
Coming off of a standout performance in the 2016 playoffs, it was easy to see that he was still in beast mode. He towered over everybody and showed off his immense strength in every kick, especially the four goals he scored for Team Nash. No Mutombo-like finger wags needed.
He and Kalou led their star-studded team to an 11-5 win over Team Donovan, with Kalou scoring an admirable three goals. However, it was Chelsea goalie Asmir Begovic that won the Most Valuable Player award for protecting the goal against Team Donovan.
By the end of it all, Steve Nash was able to raise over $10,000 for his foundation and the crowd left with enough pictures to last a lifetime.
Kayla Solomon is a new contributor to AllSportsEverything.com. She attends Temple University for nine months out of the year, but will be here in New York all summer! Follow Kayla on Twitter at @dontKAYme, Instagram at @kayla_nyree. Also, find her writing weekly on blackaphillyated.com and on her personal blog, dearfuturekay.wordpress.com.