Nash to play soccer match

BOB MACKIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

Mark Sept. 19 on your calendar to see two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash play soccer in Vancouver.

The Victoria-raised Phoenix Suns star is hosting the Showdown in Downtown at David Lam Park. The eight-aside charity match will include members of the United Soccer Leagues' First Division champion Vancouver Whitecaps and an assortment of NBA and international soccer stars.

Nash hosted similar games in New York City in 2008 and 2009. The 35-year-old announced a new, US$22 million contract Monday to stay with the Phoenix Suns through 2011-2012.

Nash grew up playing soccer in Victoria and is a minority shareholder in Vancouver's 2011 expansion entry to Major League Soccer. His younger brother Martin is the USL Whitecaps' captain.

The lineup for the Showdown in Downtown, to benefit the Steve Nash Foundation, is expected to be announced Wednesday.


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