New Earthquakes striker Marcus Tracy is one of 30 Major League Soccer players appearing Monday at Soccer Night in Newtown, a charity event for residents of the Connecticut town that is reeling from last month's killing spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Tracy, who joined San Jose in September after the club won a weighted lottery to sign him, grew up in Newton and his mother once taught at Sandy Hook.
"It hurts you as a resident of Newtown that something like this could happen, so just try and imagine how parents, brothers, sisters and spouses are feeling right now," he told a reporter last month. "You can't -- it's impossible."
Newton residents and members of the Newtown Youth Soccer Club will have a chance to meet MLS and U.S. national team stars and play in games. Tracy will be joined by such stars as the L.A. Galaxy's Landon Donovan, Houston's Brad Davis and Brian Ching, the New England Revolution's Matt Reis and past national team players Cobi Jones, Alexi Lalas, Mia Hamm and Connecticut native Kristine Lilly. Former Stanford star Bobby Warshaw (FC Dallas) and Salinas' David Estrada (Seattle Sounders) also plan to appear.
The event is the brainchild of Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti, a native of Guilford, Conn.
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