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American Soccer Stars Visit And Play With The Children Of Newtown

Soccer Night in Newtown.

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More than 40 active and former MLS players gathered at the Newtown Youth Academy last night to meet local children and play soccer. Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti, a Connecticut native, wanted to find a way for the soccer community to get involved and support the residents of Newtown, and the result was an overwhelming success. Soccer Night in Newtown drew superstars like Landon Donovan and Mia Hamm, along with a capacity crowd of 1,500 Newtown residents.

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Landon Donovan poses with a young fan.

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Former United States national team captain Cobi Jones speaks to a group of children.

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Alexi Lalas autographs a Newtown resident’s ball.

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Women’s national team legend Mia Hamm was in attendance as well, along with Kristine Lilly and Christie Rampone.

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