Top U.S. Scorers Donovan, Dempsey To Compete In Houston Celebrity Soccer Match Saturday

Former USMNT player and current Fox Soccer commentator Stuart Holden will host the Kick In For Houston celebrity soccer match on Saturday to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief funds through Dynamo Charities. The match will be at 6 p.m. (central) at the Houston Dynamo’s BBVA Compass Stadium.

Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Houston and South Texas in August, prompting Holden, who grew up in Houston, to create the Kick In For Houston charity event. Texas-native Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Mia Hamm, Steve Nash, Roger Clemens, Brian McBride, Taylor Twellman, Alexi Lalas and Kyle Martino are just some of the players who will take part in the match. Donovan, Dempsey and Hamm represent the top two males and No. 2 woman in all-time scoring for the U.S. national teams. 

All ticket proceeds and donations go directly to relief funds for Houstonians who are still trying to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey caused some of the worst flooding the country has ever seen. Kick In For Houston has a target goal of raising $500,000 and is currently 45 percent of the way there. 

Those who want to donate can either purchase tickets to give to people affected by the storm or make a straightforward donation to the organization. You can also donate in the name of one of the players involved in a sort of competition between the players. Or, if you live nearby, just purchase tickets for yourself to attend. 

The match will be broadcast live via Periscope, Facebook Live and YouTube and on delay on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. central on FS1 because FS1 couldn’t be bothered to show it live instead of something called UFC. 

Kick In For Houston

Stuart Holden for the USMNT. Photo: @SoundersFC | Twitter

List of participants:

  • Stuart Holden — Former Dynamo/Bolton/USMNT player, current FS1 commentator
  • Clint Dempsey — Texas native, Sounders/USMNT player
  • Landon Donovan — Former LA Galaxy/USMNT player
  • Mia Hamm — Former USWNT player
  • Steve Nash — Former NBA point guard
  • Alex Bregman — Houston Astros infielder
  • Chad Ochocinco — Former Cincinatti Bengals receiver
  • Jake Paul — YouTube somethinger
  • Eddie Johnson — Former Sounders/USMNT player
  • Damarcus Beasley — Houston Dynamo/USMNT player
  • Brian McBride — Former Fulham/USMNT player
  • Scott Kelly — Astronaut (legit cool)
  • Bode Miller — Olympic skier (fits right in in Houston)
  • Brian Ching — Former Dynamo/USMNT player
  • Roger Clemens — Former Houston Astros/N.Y. Yankees pitcher
  • Chris Wondolowski — San Jose Earthquakes player, USMNT chance misser
  • Dwayne De Rosario — Former Dynamo/Toronto FC player
  • Kade Speiser — Another YouTube somethinger
  • Taylor Twellman — Former Revolution/USMNT player, ESPN commentator/ranter
  • Alexi Lalas — Former USMNT player, FS1 commentator/loud mouth
  • Charlie Davies — Philadelphia Union player, former USMNT player
  • Chris Myers — Former Houston Texans center
  • Kyle Martino — Former Columbus Crew/USMNT player, former NBCSN commentator, U.S. Soccer presidential candidate

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