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The inaugural Setanta Soccer Festival at Chelsea Piers NYC was by all accounts, a day of excitement, fun, and charity.

HUFC recounts,

'Three celebrity teams took the pitch for a fast paced encounter that could see only one team rise to claim the Setanta Cup. Team JetBlue, Team Opia Lounge and Team Hollywood Unites for Haiti all looked resplendent in their custom Puma kit, exciting the throng of spectators with action and goals aplenty. Jimmy Jean-Louis anchored the HUFH team, which included Richard Gough, Jason Barry and more.

The JetBlue team featured Skeet Ulrich, Donal Logue, and what proved to be the surprise of the tournament Jon Langford and Coyle Girelli from the band Your Vegas, who morphed beautifully from their rock-star personas to that of actual footballers. They displayed poise and scoring touch that impressed many an onlooker.

However, all were to be ultimately out done by the Opia Lounge team whose ranks included Anthony LaPaglia in goal, the always classy Youri Djorkaeff, and man of the hour Gilles Marini.

Gilles displayed the theatrics he is fast becoming famous for, scoring the tournament-winning goal in the final minute of regulation to seal the victory and drink from the inaugural Setanta Celebrity Cup for team Opia.'

Hollywood Unites for Haiti thanks all the organizers, sponsors, participants and supporters for a successful day. Funds were raised for HUFH from the silent auction and raffle tickets. Check out the pictures in our photo gallery.


2009 Hollywood Unites For Haiti