In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Major League Soccer's charitable arm, MLS W.O.R.K.S., and the New York Red Bulls joined in the efforts to provide relief to those affected by the storm.
Mark Hornish, a self-proclaimed avid listener of ExtraTime Radio, heard Simon Borg outline the plight of Woodhaven Soccer Club in Queens, which saw scores of families lose everything in the storm, including their cleats, balls, shin guards and everything else associated with the beautiful game.
Hornish, a New Jersey native now living in Southern California, immediately responded, reaching out to help provide equipment for those in need, something he's done for years in the Los Angeles area. He also invited the ETR crew out to his tailgate at the Home Depot Center before MLS Cup, busting Simon's chops with a pair of suspenders hidden under his shirt and giving me some well-deserved flack for my habitual mispronunciations.
Many thanks to Mark (between Borg and Firchau below) for donating his time and money to the relief efforts as well as his hospitality before the big match. If you'd like to contribute equipment to the boys and girls of Woodhaven Soccer Club, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Oh, and come on Simon. Everybody else managed to keep their eyes open. As always, he just had to be different.