Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Only One Day Until Showdown in Chinatown!

Yes, we're excited. We're amped. We're geeked. We're... well, you get the idea. In about 24 hours, some of us get to see the second Showdown in Chinatown!! More details after the hop.

If you're in New York, here is the info as we've been given it. Like last year, the match will be at the Nike field in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, south of Houston Street, between Christie and Forsyth. The match itself is supposed to start at 6:00 p.m., although if it is anything like last year it won't exactly happen on time.

The official "roster" likely won't be known until game time, and we fully expect there to be some players who simply show up unannounced (that's what happened last year, at least!). In any case, here's the "official" list as it now stands: Steve Nash, Claudio Reyna, Thierry Henry, Tony Parker, Javier Zanetti, Raja Bell, Adrian Mutu, Chris Bosh, Ivan Cordoba, Grant Hill, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Ryan Babel, Salomon Kalou, Mathieu Flamini and Jason Kidd.

Beforehand, players should be doing interviews (we will be there and will try to ask all the hard-hitting questions that you would expect!). You'll need a pass to get inside the fence for the match, but like last year the public will be able to watch from outside the fence. Our suggestion is to show up early and scope out a good spot.

Also, Bigus and myself will be at Slainte, on Bowery and 1st, in the afternoon to watch at least some of the Spain v. USMNT match. Come say hello -- I'll likely be in an Exeter kit, Bigus will likely be in Norwich green and yellow (natch).

We're aiming to have full coverage posted on Friday, including pictures and video. In the meantime, keep an eye out for a pic or two tomorrow.

Official details below... Stay tuned!

[Official Showdown in Chinatown page]
[Football for Good]


Anonymous said...

I am so jealous that you get to see the silky moves of Mutu and Babel.

The Fan's Attic said...

I didn't even notice this last year, but is that the "fancy" ref from Youtube fame behind Henry? If not, it should have been.

Spectator said...

@TFA: Ha. I believe the ref was actually some retired semi-professional player they roped in. He did a good job, in that all he really did was issue a couple jokey yellow cards during the game (one to Baron Davis for handling the ball, one to Henry for a tackle - and Henry was none too pleased).

Matt said...

Just curious...but what does one need to do to get a pass for entering the field?

The official website says it is a "free to the public event" but neglects to say that that means you have to stand outside the fence!

Am I the only one that finds that a bit mis-leading?

The Fan's Attic said...

A pass would mean a press pass. So, you would have to be member of the press or deceptive like UF to get a press pass.

I believe there is only 4 to 5 feet on the sidelines of the field for the "press" and "special guests". Everybody else gets to be outside the fence for viewing.

The NY Kid said...

why would you take that picture like that? I can't see Titi's ass!

I will prepare a list of questions in French for Flamini, and laugh uproariously as BD butchers my language.

EbullientFatalist said...

To those of you going: fuck you.

To those of you not going: proceed accordingly.

Johnny said...

No joke, I'm pretty sure the "fancy" ref died of AIDS a few years ago. At least that's what the internet told me, and when has it ever been wrong?

jape said...

Looks like I picked the wrong week to go on vacation. I would have loved to have stopped by Slainte and bought a pint for the lads who put this site together. Next year.

Ask Flamini is better to have splinters in his ass in Milan or not win trophies in London?

/still bitter


Magnakai Haaskivi said...

Ryan Babel's playing? Does he still remember how?

Matt said...

Why is Spain "Spain" while USA is "USMNT"?

ΓΌ75 said...

Because the people of Spain get behind their NT. Writing USA in place of USMNT gives the appearance of a false country-wide level of support for the ol' soccer ball team.

Or something.

Anonymous said...

Wish I could be there, but I'm going to the vigil for Iran protesters in Union Square instead -- hey for anyone who's going to this, see if you can get a picture of a player making a peace sign or some other gesture of solidarity! i think that would be really cool.

I know this event isn't ~about~ Iran or whatever, but it would be a real shame if such a large number of well known sporting personalities didn't at least acknowledge the issue.

Anonymous said...

I think USMNT stands for United States Mutant Ninja Turtles