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Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra Face Off in Celebrity Soccer Challenge (Pictures)
Sunday’s soccer game drafted local celebrities and national athletes to raise money for charity
Kobe Bryant tries to keep his distance from The Washington Post's Mike Wise, number 44. Photograph by Kyle Gustafson
The back-and-forth seven-on-seven match provided plenty of entertainment, but mostly proved that non-soccer athletes struggle with the sport and media members should probably stay on the sidelines. The Washington Post’s Mike Wise, in particular, looked like a fish out of water. Though he scored a goal early in the match, he flailed when Bryant faked him off of his feet. The ladies from the Women’s World Cup team, along with Bryant, were the day’s big draws, and Morgan and O’Reilly took turns scoring in spectacular fashion. Despite the charity match’s easy-does-it vibe, Pope and former US Men’s National Soccer Team member John Harkes both played with full intensity. Harkes spent much of his time on the pitch complaining about missed calls and working referee (and former DC United head coach) Thomas Rongen. Harkes had the last laugh, however, scoring the golden goal in extra time to give FC Mia the victory, 13-12.
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