By RORY McGLASSON
Mayor Michael Nutter can probably throw an American football easier than he can kick a soccer ball, but that didn’t stop him trying to bend a ball like David Beckham down the art museum steps on Friday.
Standing at the top of the “Rocky” steps, Mayor Nutter joined officials from Major League Soccer, and around 50 local school kids to literally kick-off soccer week in Philadelphia.
The promotional event was staged to kick off the 2012 MLS All-Star game which will take place on Wednesday in Chester, PA.
Chelsea, of the English Premier League, visit the Philadelphia region next week. The European Champions League winners face the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday night at the home of the Philadelphia Union. The London-based club will bring English soccer stars such as John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard. The Blues might come up against some old foes, such as Thierry Henry of New York Red Bulls, and LA Galaxy stars Landon Donovan, and David Beckham.
A giant inflatable soccer ball was officially unveiled atop the art museum steps on Friday.
The ball will be taken on a bus tour of the area, making stops at Philadelphia Zoo and various other sites across the city where visitors can sign the ball.
Jean Haskel, of Palm Springs Florida, has already signed it. As have her husband John and 15 year-old son, Jason, who attended today’s event.
The Haskell’s will drive to New York tomorrow to watch the Union take on the New York Red Bulls, before heading back to Philadelphia for the All-Star week.