As a friend of Steve this year Asmir Begović was invited and for the first time he took part in Showdown, but also earned TAG Heuer Don’t Crack Under Pressure Most Valuable Player Award.
Asmir played for Showdown Team White, together with Steve Nash (two-time NBA MVP), Simone Sandri (Showdown Co-Founder), Kyle Martino (retired MLS and US Soccer), Massimo Gobbi (A.C. Parma), Salomon Kalou (Hertha BSC), Bismack Biyombo (Toronto Raptors), and Francesco Valiani (retired Italian soccer star).
For the Team Red played Landon Donovan (six time MLS Cup winner and US Soccer captain), Giuseppe Rossi (Levante), Georgios Samaras (Rayo OKC and Greece national team), Heath Pearce (former American soccer player), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Brooklyn Nets), Jeff Matteo (Assistant Coach, St. John’s Basketball and retired US Soccer player), Chris Mullin (NBA Hall of Famer & Head Coach of St. John’s Basketball), Marc Stein (ESPN’s Soccer Today), and Mike Quarino.
“This was fantastic experience, it was great to be here for all these people and all this for a good cause. I am already looking forward to the next year!”, said Asmir.