Steve Nash plays with passion on the basketball court, but the Phoenix Suns point guard’s enthusiasm for the beautiful game is a very close second. The Canadian basketball star has an affinity for soccer, so much so that in July of 2008, Nash became part owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps, the second division side who will play in Major League Soccer beginning in 2011. Nash also co-organizes, with former Red Bull Claudio Reyna, an annual charity soccer match in Chinatown which regularly attracts some of the biggest names in world football, as well as other athletes from across the sports landscape. This past Saturday, Nash took in the Red Bulls-D.C. United match at Red Bull Arena, and came away thoroughly impressed with the club’s new home.

“It’s an amazing venue for soccer,” the two-time NBA MVP said. “You can match this up with anybody’s stadium. It’s great; I’m really excited for MLS and Red Bull to have this type of facility.

Nash grew up playing soccer, and the seven-time NBA All-Star claims he could have played professionally had he concentrated on soccer instead of basketball. A few years back, Nash knocked the ball around with the Red Bulls during training, and from some accounts, fit in quite well. Although he gave up playing competitively to focus on a basketball career, Nash’s passion and desire to see the sport succeed in the United States and Canada remains. He believes stadiums like Red Bull Arena are an important aspect towards the growth of the game in North America.

“We need every team to continually grow, and to raise their game so to speak,” Nash said. “The stadiums need to be at a world class level if we’re going to be a world class league. For New York to take this big step, and signing world class players, it just grows the value of the game. It raises the game and the competitiveness for the other teams to match up to. As one of the owners in the league, “I’m really excited to see one of the big markets step up.”

Nash’s father was born in north London, which might explain why Nash may have a particular rooting interest in next week’s Barclays New York Challenge. Nash is an avid lifelong supporter of Tottenham Hotspur FC, who the Red Bulls will take on to open up the Challenge on Thursday, June 22 (8pm, FSC.  Tickets for this amazing tournament, which also featured Manchester City and Sporting Lisbon, are still available). When asked if his loyalty to his club may be tested as the Red Bulls’ newest Designated Player could suit up against Spurs, Nash’s answer was simple.

“I’ll be rooting for my team,” Nash said.

Although he did not reveal the identity of the Red Bull’s forthcoming signing, Nash did provide this comment.

“New York and Red Bull have a world class player and a world class human being.”



  1. alex Says:

    wtf steve nash! i was right under you the whole time and i had no idea!

  2. agnigrin Says:

    Nash is a classy guy!

  3. bc-sec.130 Says:

    Does he still want to be part of the MLS after that horrible game! How could we let that team come into our house and walk away with a point.

  4. DRENK Says:

    hey steve any interest in coming to the nets….? we got avery johnson as a new coach and some russian oligarch as a new owner…..? no….? well i tried

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