Jan. 27, 2008 – Want to guess who scored the first goal in Saturday’s Celebrity Soccer Challenge at the Home Depot Center, hosted by soccer icon Mia Hamm and her husband, Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra? One hint: It wasn’t Nomar.
Hamm, a World Cup and Olympic champion and soccer’s all-time scorer, male or female, sent a 10-footer into the net in the second minute of play, and her team, F.C. Mia, played her husband’s team, Nomar United, to a 12-12 tie.
The final score was the last thing on the minds of the 10,000 who showed up under brilliant sunshine — what mattered far more was the inspiration for the event — a benefit for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Mia Hamm Foundation.
Other celebrities taking part included Oscar-nominated actress Elisabeth Shue and “Saturday Night Live” actors Seth Meyers and Andy Samberg.