This game was played on Saturday, but is on FS1 on Sunday.
Three Big Storylines
- Stu Holden is the driving force behind this game. It was his idea to throw a charity soccer game to benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey. As of the writing of this post (Friday at Noon) Kick in for Houston has raised $234,083 of its $500,000 goal with quite a few donation opportunities to come.
- What else are you going to do on a Saturday afternoon? And they do have some pretty cool looking jerseys plus you get to see an actual astronaut play soccer against a YouTube sensation or two.
- Before the USMNT failed to qualify for the World Cup, Alexi Lalas went on a tirade calling the US players “soft, tattooed millionaires” creating quite the stir. While he might not have called out Clint Dempsey in particular, he does have tattoos and makes quite a bit of money. Let’s hope they are on opposite teams.
Stu Holden - Former USMNT player, creator of the event and he really really really LOVES Houston
Clint Dempsey - Joint all time USMNT leading scorer, Stu’s buddy. I’m not saying they delayed this event until after the MLS Playoffs so Dempsey could play, but they clearly delayed the event until after the MLS Playoffs so Dempsey could play
Mia Hamm - Mia Hamm
Landon Donovan - The Mia Hamm of the USMNT
Steve Nash - The best basketball player from Victoria, co-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps
Chad Ochocinco - Star of the Zakuani and Friends Charity game
Alex Bregman - Shortstop for the Houston Astros
Jake Paul - YouTube sensation? From watching the first 22 seconds of his This is Jake Paul video he rides motorcycles, blows things up, drives cars and is from Ohio
Eddie Johnson - One of two correct answers to the question of “Which Eddie for the USMNT did you think was going to earn 130 caps and play in at least three World Cups?” Former Sounder
DeMarcus Beasley - Diamond seller and four time USMNT World Cup veteran
Brian McBride - Recipient of the Daniel De Rossi elbow and namesake of a Craven Cottage bar
Scott Kelly - A real life astronaut
Bode Miller - Three time Olympic silver medalist in alpine skiing
Brian Ching - Three year teammate of Zach Scott at Gonzaga, former Sounder
Roger Clemens - Another baseball guy, he is listed below that shortstop baseball guy above so he must not be as popular?
Chris Wondolowski - Belgian hero
Dwayne De Rosario - Another Canadian, probably their second best soccer player, maybe third
Kade Speider - Another YouTube sensation
Taylor Twellman - ESPN guy and co-host of the defunct Big Head Red Head Podcast
Alexi Lalas - Professional soccer provocateur and co-host of the defunct Big Head Red Head Podcast
Charlie Davies - Legend of Hammarby IF and possessor of a perfect one goal in one appearance for Bethlehem Steel in 2017
Chris Myers - Former NFL Center for the Houston Texans
Kyle Martino - Son in law of Susan Sarandon and one of eight US Soccer presidential candidates. Wants to put goals under basketball hoops
From a Sounders Point of View
Will Dempsey elbow Alexi Lalas in the face on ‘accident’? This seems like something we would be interested in.
National TV Listings
Kick in for Houston Charity Match
Date/Time: Saturday, 3:30 PM PT, broadcast on Sunday at 3:30 PM PT
Location: BBVA Compass Stadium - Houston, Texas
TV: FS1 and Fox Deportes
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