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Steve Nash -- yes, that Steve Nash -- registered with NPSL side New York Cosmos B

Steve Nash

Walking through the pub after a post-match party on Sunday, a friend said something I wasn’t expecting.

“Hey, did you hear Steve Nash was registered in our league?”

Come on. Really? Steve Nash, professional soccer player?

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Sure enough, New York might finally see Steve Nash in its colors... just not for the Knicks. Stephen Nash, born February 7, 1974, is right there on the New York Cosmos B roster. The National Premier Soccer League has both amateur and professional teams in its ranks.

The surefire NBA Hall of Fame point guard retired from basketball this offseason, and the 41-year-old is trying to make a breakthrough in another love of his: soccer.

Head to the NPSL page and there he is: Name No. 36 on a 46-man roster that includes Haji Wright, Adam Moffat, John Neeskens and Dan Szetela.

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The NY Daily News has the report. The Cosmos B can afford to risk a few minutes on Nash, considering they are 8-0-1 with a plus-34 goal differential under head coach Alecko Eskandarian.

Nash is a co-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps, at 6-foot-3, he’d go from one of the smaller guys on the court to a bigger guy on the pitch.

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