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U.S. owned Mallorca promoted to La Liga

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A handful of American soccer and sports stars have been celebrating overnight.

Big time.

Real Mallorca beat Deportivo La Coruna 3-0 at home on Sunday, as they fought back from a 2-0 first leg deficit to win the Segunda division playoffs and seal a return to La Liga after a seven-year absence.

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The owner of the Phoenix Suns, Robert Sarver, and his ownership partner Andrew Kolhberg, lead the American group that bought Mallorca, from Spain’s Balearic Islands, in 2016 for around $22.7 million.

NBA legend Steve Nash, plus former USMNT stars Stuart Holden and Kyle Martino (one of our PL on NBC analysts) also own a minority stake in the club, while Martino’s fellow NBC analyst Graeme Le Saux is also a team consultant.

Rafael Nadal, a Mallorca native, was at the second leg to witness the incredible comeback, as the goal which sent them to La Liga arrived in the 82nd minute from Abdon Prats as Mallorca led 1-0 at half time. A huge pitch invasion at the Estadi de San Moix then capped off a a memorable season as Mallorca finished fifth in Spain’s second tier, one place ahead of Deportivo who just snuck into the playoffs.

Martino revealed his delight in seeing Mallorca complete back-to-back promotions to get back to the top-flight of Spanish soccer.

“Last night was one of the greatest in my short life in football. Over past few years a truly great club fought odds to reach top tier of Spanish football once again. Humbled and grateful to be part of this club. Thank you to our incredible fans, honored to be one of you.”

Mallorca will now be heading to the Nou Camp and the Santiago Bernabeu next season to take on Barcelona and Real Madrid, as their incredible rise through the leagues will be rewarded by taking on the likes of Lionel Messi and Co. in 2019-20.

Look out for Martino, GLS, Nash and Holden in the directors box at the Nou Camp next season.

VIDEO: Steve Nash brings sexy soccer skills to NBA Dunk contest

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We know Steve Nash loves the beautiful game and over the weekend the former NBA star dished out some serious moves on the court.

This time though, it was with his feet.

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Teaming up with Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons in Toronto during the MLS All-Star weekend, Nash dished out plenty of tricks for Drummond to dunk home.

Of course, this may come to no surprise to those who know that the two-time NBA MVP is a long-time soccer aficionado.

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He’s currently a part-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer, his younger brother Martin played for the Canadian national soccer team, runs his own soccer tournament each summer in New York City and he is a die-hard Tottenham Hotspur fan. His parents are both from north London, so soccer is basically in his blood. 

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Take a look at the videos below from the NBA to see Nash and Drummond in full flow. Unfortunately the latter didn’t win the Dunk content but I would’ve given him the honor just for this move alone…

Steve Nash, Suns owner buy Spanish club Mallorca

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MADRID (AP) Former NBA star Steve Nash and Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver have bought a controlling share of Spanish soccer team Real Mallorca.

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The Mediterranean island club announced Monday that Sarver’s company, also owned by Nash and Andy Kohlberg, has bought shares worth more than 20 million euros ($21 million).

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Mallorca won the 2002-03 Copa del Rey title and had played for 16 consecutive seasons in Spain’s top league before being relegated to the second division in 2013.

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

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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.

Steve Nash trying out for Inter Milan? Nah … but the guy can definitely still play some soccer

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I think we all know this Steve Nash “tryout” with Inter Milan is a publicity driven put-on. If not, then we need to talk.

Because, seriously, if the Italian Serie A club is really looking for 39-year-olds who have never played professional soccer (especially guys who are coming off injury and admit they are less than 100 percent in terms of physical readiness), then we might need to reassess where the club really is ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.

This is just part of the media effort ahead of the Guinness International Champions Cup tournament coming up this week. If you haven’t heard, it features eight name brand clubs: Inter Milan, AC Milan, Chelsea, Everton, Juventus, Real Madrid, Valencia and the LA Galaxy.

Nash, of course, is a not-so-secret soccer player wanna-be. And besides being co-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps, the man has professional soccer in his blood.

He also knows people in the game. Nash just doubled the reach of his annual charity game, adding a West Coast event to the usual New York goings-on.

In the event that benefits his Steve Nash Foundation and include NBA types (Klay Thompson, Jeremy Lin and Jared Dudley among others), Nash hit a couple while LA Galaxy goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini supplied the big stops.

Highlights of the fun event are here:

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