Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Players For Peace Goodwill Game at Edward Jones Dome Postponed

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Remember the "Players for Peace Goodwill Game," the fundraiser soccer match that was supposed to be played next Saturday, August 7 at the Edward Jones Dome?

The one that was going to feature a squad of South Americans versus a team called "The Rest of the World" with players like Zidane and Ronaldinho?


Well don't fret soccer fans, you didn't miss out on anything anyhow. Daily RFT just got word from the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission that the match has been postponed until further notice.

Donna Andrews, spokeswoman for the CVC, says she found out that the match had been called off sometime last week. (No official announcement has been made by Players For Peace or the CVC.)

"I kind of figured it would happen when we didn't see any movement of information regarding ticket sales," Andrews said. She said she doesn't know how many advance tickets have been sold.*

"Everybody was really excited about it coming but now I got final word that its been postponed," Andrews said. "Postponed, that's the key word. This is still going to happen we're just not sure when."

The match, officially called the Players for Peace Goodwill Game, was supposed to raise money that would go toward implementing sports and education programs in St. Louis and Haiti.

Former US National Team star Eric Wynalda, Brazilian legend Carlos Alberto Torres and AC St. Louis' Francisco Filho were scheduled to participate in the St. Louis match as coaches for the two sides.

Organizers said previously that they were targeting French great (and headbutt extraordinaire) Zinedine Zidane to participate in the game as a player.

Players for Peace is the brainchild of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, created to "utilize sport as the conduit and mechanism to implement educational initiatives for children in need and at risk."

The organization's official website is down. Their Blogspot page is still up and running but it hasn't been updated since February and there's no mention of the St. Louis match being postponed.

We'll have more details when they're available.

*UPDATE 3:13 p.m.: Andrews called to clarify her comments, explaining that she hadn't heard any updates about ticket sales from Players for Peace and therefore didn't know how many tickets had been sold.


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