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]
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