Touch Of Class: Del Piero Delights At Steve Nash Showdown

A debut appearance from the Italian legend highlighted an entertaining 8v8 match, which also featured Chris Mullin, Luol Deng and more for the annual event's exciting 8th edition in NYC

Players arrived to the park amid a sea of fans on Forsyth Street

Friendly exchanges between USMNT midfielder Mix Diskerud and Cleveland Cavalier’s point guard Matthew Dellavedova

The event’s featured player makes his entrance donning the Showdown’s new Under Armour #10 jersey

Former Dream Team member and newly appointed manager of St. John’s Chris Mullin provides a pre-game interview

The Miami Heat’s Luol Deng answers questions for the press

Fresh off his much-heralded NBA Finals performance, Dellavedova garnered significant attention from the media

Pregame: the players got a sense of the newly upgraded artificial turf

Fiorentina’s Giuseppe Rossi warms up prior to his performance as top goal-scorer

Nash shrugs off any pre-game jitters alongside Showdown debutant Del Piero

MLS Analyst Kyle Martino soaking up attention from the crowd during his pre-game introduction

Mullin showing how his Hall of Fame low-post moves translate from the court to the pitch

Australian Dellavedova Team World salutes the crowd in pre-game introductions

Team World pre-game photo

Del Piero recognized prior to the game for his achievements within the sport

Team World celebrate an impressive strike from the former Juventus forward

The trademark caged field views from outside Sara D. Roosevelt Park

USMNT and Stoke City defender/midfielder Geoff Cameron

The 41-year-old Nash keeping pace in the match against a backdrop of onlookers

A healthy turnout of fans enjoying games and activities from mix-zone sponsors including GNC, NYCFC, and Under Armour

The Italian delegation a ubiquitous feature of the Showdown

6/24/2015 New York, NY

The Steve Nash Foundation hosted their 8th annual Showdown NY at Sara D. Roosevelt park in Manhattan’s Lower East Side on Wednesday.

The event combines the worlds of professional basketball and soccer for a friendly 8v8 match aimed at raising funds for the charity, which provides services for underprivileged youth across the world.

This year’s version amassed an impressive array of sponsorships including GNC, Cyber Dust, Major League Soccer, Under Armour, TAG Heuer, JetBlue, Windows, Body Armor, Jawbone ®, and Kicks to the Pitch.

Preceding the match, Alessandro Del Piero was presented with a Spirit of Showdown Award celebrating his outstanding career and contributions to the sport of soccer.

The game kicked off to a frenzied pace on the sparkling new turf, with the NBA representatives and particularly Luol Deng displaying impressive quality against the seasoned international pros dotting both rosters.

Led by New Jersey native Giuseppe Rossi, team USA eventually registered an 8-5 victory over Nash’s Team World.

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Team World: Steve Nash (Two-time NBA MVP), Simone Sandri (Showdown Co-Founder), Alessandro Del Piero (Italy’s World Cup star), Luol Deng (Miami Heat), Matthew Dellavedova (Cleveland Cavaliers), Roman Neustadter (FC Shalke 04), Massimo Gobbi (A.C. Parma), John NashEnrico ZanusGiovanni Bartocci.

Team America: Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina), Kyle Martino (MLS Soccer Analyst), Geoff Cameron (U.S. Men’s National Team & Stoke City), Jay DeMerit (Former U.S. National Team), Jeff Matteo (Assistant Coach St. John’s Basketball), Richie Williams, Chris Mullin (NBA Hall of Famer & Head Coach of St. John’s Basketball), Marc Stein (ESPN’s Soccer Today), Mike Quarino.

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