Soccer Unites: Rocky Mountain Rivals Working Together

(ColoradoRapids.com) – Former Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake midfielder Seth Trembly is calling on all Rapids fans to come together this Saturday for a special fundraising event and exciting night of live music and fun!
What:
Rapids players host a Soccer Unites Fundraiser for Real Salt Lake midfielder Andy Williams and his wife Marcia
When:
Saturday September 6 2008
9 p.m. to close
Where:
Delaney's Pub 1801 Blake St. Denver CO 80202 (No Cover Charge)
Live music from 103.5 Best Band in Denver 2007- Optimal Frequency plus special guests
Silent Auction Featuring:
-David Beckham/Landon Donovan signed Los Angeles Galaxy jersey
-Luxury Watches
-A Suite (20 tickets total) to the Rapids season finale on Oct. 25 vs. Real Salt Lake
-World Series edition baseball bat
-Golf for three people with your favorite Rapids player
-Nintendo Wii
-Plus many more great items
For more information visit the official Soccer Unites website by clicking here!
Background Story As Told by Rapids Alumni Player Seth Trembly:
"It probably was not evident to you watching Friday night’s game between Colorado and Real Salt Lake that RSL’s Andy Williams was playing with a heavy heart. The Jamaican international helped his side secure a 2-0 victory recording his second game winning assist this season.
Andy Williams has faced many up hill battles in his long and storied career but none as tough as the battle that lies ahead for him and his family. His wife Marcia Williams has been diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia and will require chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. And if this news was not bad enough due to some loop hole in the U.S. Health Care system the Williams family who are insured have the added burden of paying in excess of $150000 before the hospital will even start treatment.
Major League Soccer is a small social circle and many guys have played together before either on MLS teams National Teams or college teams. I became good friends with Andy from our time on the field together at RSL. And after spending the 2006 season up top in the stands with the player’s wives and families due to an ACL surgery I became great friends with his family.
Marcia was always the first one to say hi and give me a kiss on the cheek. Giving me that endearing look to let me know she understood how bad I felt not being able to be down on the field playing. I felt like an older brother as I teased and made funny faces at their two little daughters Shaiann and Alexia. So when I heard about the struggles they are now facing I knew I had to help anyway I could.
And this is where the beauty of how Soccer Unites begins.
I decided to put together a fundraiser with live music and a silent auction but where to start? First I needed somewhere to hold the event. One place came to mind. I hit up my old friend Noel who is one of the owners of Delaney's and the Celtic Tavern. I had met Noel from my days as a Rapids player when they hosted the Post Match Parties.
He eagerly jumped on board telling me he would host the event at Delaney's and would help me put the whole event together. Noel told me how seven years ago the tragic deaths of his two sons made him start a Charity Golf Tournament and how it had grown over the years from raising $2000 the first year to over $30000 this year for Children's Hospital. His help and support is something that I will never forget.
Next I called Kevin Eady a friend that I grew up playing club soccer with who is now a member of one of the best rock bands in Denver Optimal Frequency. I told him about the event and asked if their band would donate a Saturday night and play the event for free without a second of hesitation they said yes.
Since then many people have donated items for the auction and their time to help a family more than 500 miles away. Former teammates of Andy's and current Rapids Pablo Mastroeni Mike Petke and Mehdi Ballouchy as well as all the other players from the team have been a tremendous help offering to help by hosting the event and donating their time and items for the silent auction.
Thanks to everyone hope to see you Saturday!"
-Seth Trembly
It makes you reflect on the power of the sport of soccer. Two teams that are bitter Rocky Mountain Rivals on the field can be so kind to each other off of it. Two groups of fans that support their team with such great intensity but are able to show true compassion for one another. Friends that are united through the sport that carry on friendships that last a lifetime.
I can honestly say Soccer is truly a sport that Unites.