I think there was more media there than any soccer event I have ever been to. And throughout all the coverage you’re gonna see the only thing I can say I got that they don’t is this photo. It’s a keeper.
I’m gonna go with the annotated photo story for this one, because that’s sort of the hand I was dealt. Seated on the ground behind the best soccer goal for backyard isn’t the best place to watch the game, but it gets you some good camera angles. And from the looks of it–I mean people I knew from glossy magazines were there–you’re going to be hearing plenty about it. I’m hoping someone writes it up as a real game story. That would be fun to read. So on to the Steve Nash Foundation Charity Classic presented by (I didn’t recognize the logo on the t-shirt)…
It was a well publicized affair with a solid list of athletes. A few additions to the reported list were Jozy Altidore and Juan Pablo Angel (didn’t play) among a lucky few “nobodys” and at least one ESPN staffer. Some of these players played at the Cosmos soccer club.
Alright, so the way the field is situated, in between two streets on what is essentially a giant median, there really isnt that much room for people. I knew this going in, from the plenty of hours logged on the few fields down there, and of course from back when this same field hosted FC Barcelona. More people showed up for this event–hey basketball players!!!–so pretty much everybody but maybe a few hundred people were left to find a creative sight line outside the cage.
Henry was the first to arrive. Look around the field. Three, four, maybe five deep around the field. There was a large media section (I didn’t try getting a pass), and plenty “friends and family.” I think everyone had a great time, and I appreciate the location because it is my favorite soccer spot in town, but I couldn’t help but think that if this was at Pier 40 or somewhere else they would have been able to accommodate more people.
Steve Nash rolled in with cameras following him. ESPN appeared to have a presence. I have a feeling you will be seeing much more of this.
Baron Davis is my new favorite basketball player. He’s warming up here with a little goalkeeping against Jason Kidd.
Jason Kidd tried hard, sometimes very hard. Which is more than I can say for some of the soccer players. Overall the level of play was much more intense than I thought it would be. That being said, there was plenty lighthearted foolishness.
More images and a video will be uploaded at our TiAS website later this week, stay tuned…
Janet Phelps is the owner and founder of This is American Soccer and an avid soccer lover! She played soccer for about 25 years in Flagstaff, AZ. She was forced to stop playing because of a permanent injury!