Congressmen and former pro soccer players team up in bipartisan charity soccer game

Van Hollen

Congressmen Christopher Van Hollen (D-Md.) and David Reichert (R-Wash.) decided to take their fight outside this time— far away from the safety of the House chambers. Instead of duking it out over partisan issues like budget cuts or immigration, the two political powerhouses were “fighting” in the name of soccer.

The two congressmen, co-chairs of the Congressional Soccer Caucus, faced off as team captains for Wednesday night’s epic soccer matchup in the first ever Capital Soccer Classic. The charity game, played at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., was sponsored by the U.S. Soccer Foundation, POLITICO, and Johnson and Johnson.

Congressmen Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), Luke Messer (R-Ind.), Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), played alongside former US Men’s National team players, Cobi Jones, John O’Brien, John Harkes, and Claudio Reyna.

Van Hollen, who co-chairs the caucus with Reichert, won the prize for being the only player to make a penalty kick while wearing a suit. Everyone else remembered to bring soccer gear.

Reichert was also a trooper. He took a hard fall, but immediately stood up and kept playing although he was limping by the end of the game.

“But I got back up. You print that,” Reichert reminded POLITICO.

After a tight, high-scoring game that ended in a tie, Van Hollen’s team scored the final penalty kick making the final score 7-6 .

The goal of Wednesday night’s game was to raise money for Soccer for Success, a United States Soccer Foundation after-school charity program aimed at “under-resourced urban communities.”  The Congressional Soccer Caucus is a bipartisan group dedicated to promoting soccer throughout communities in the U.S. in order to encourage healthy living among American youth.

Comments

Polititainment

Michael Bay might direct Benghazi movie

Bay, who has spent the last several years gaining popularity for his "Transformers" films, is reportedly in talks to direct the Benghazi film "13 Hours," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Holder wants Denzel to play him in movie

Holder spoke to The Hill about Hollywood and politics while at an event at the Washington Ideas Forum Wednesday that was hosted by The Aspen Institute and The Atlantic.

'Rival Survival' premiering Wednesday

Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are getting ready to show America their bipartisan fire-starting skills on "Rival Survival," a reality show starring tho lawmakers that premiers Wednesday night on the Discovery Channel.

Lovitz has a field day with Hillary

Before Hillary Clinton's jobs comment is swept aside as a minor whoopsie, a few words from Jon Lovitz.

John Oliver has some ideas for the FDA

Some people want more nutrition information on food labels--but who really understands those labels anyway?

White House

Russian hackers broke into the White House network

Hackers with suspected ties to the Russian government recently broke into the White House’s unclassified computer network, the Washington Post reported Tuesday night.

Obama is withholding over 15,000 Fast and Furious documents

President Obama claimed executive privilege to withhold over 15,000 documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious, including nearly 20 emails sent between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife.

White House fence jumper charged with assault
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, is in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for previous outstanding warrants, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said. […]
President Obama, unpaid bills and the curious editing of the White House transcript
President Obama, some unpaid bills and a curiously “inaudible” section of the White House recording of a speech — that’s how all good stories start, right? While at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Chicago, Obama cracked a joke about the “unpaid bills” at his home. The joke was reported by the White House Press […]
Secrecy shrouds how the Obamas cook their chicken wings

Now it seems the Obamas are tight-lipped even about their eating habits.

Congress

Justin Amash envisions a libertarian Congress

Rep. Justin Amash, the libertarian congressman from Michigan, knows that Congress is far from libertarian. But someday, he thinks that might change.

Rand Paul: The GOP's image ‘sucks’

Rand Paul didn’t mince words about the GOP.

Small college's students thrown into 2014 election

Young people tend not to engage much in the humdrum local politics that go into midterm elections. But what if it’s happening literally in their own backyard?

GOP senator: 'Sorry the government's so f***ed'

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) made some self-deprecating jokes and colorful remarks about the state of the government during a recent private gathering, per a recording provided to CNN by South Carolina Democrats.

Top lawmaker's Ebola claim

A leading House Republican says he is aware of information that points to the United States eventually receiving non-U.S. Ebola patients for treatment.