LISTEN LIVE KPR - On Air: Listen Live to classical, jazz and NPR news Schedule LATEST
KPR 2 - On Air: Listen live to KPR's all talk-radio service, KPR2 Recordings

Share this page              

Watch 2 Elite Soccer Players Take On A Pack Of 8-Year-Olds

Two members of the LA Galaxy took on a team of 30 8-year-olds, in a matchup of (young) age and (soccer) beauty.

What happens when two talented 36-year-olds face off against 30 8-year-olds on a soccer field? We now know the answer to that question, thanks to the LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane and midfielder Steven Gerrard.

The match was the finale in the LA Galaxy's "Ridiculous Soccer Challenge" series; we also found it to be good fun as we reach the end of a week's worth of serious news.

Despite the youngsters' show of energy and talent, the two former Premier League captains prevailed, thanks to the wiles they honed in long pro careers and a collective 260 international games. A key component of Gerrard's and striker Keane's game plan was generous spacing: They often kept a player in each half of the pitch.

But the kids from the "beehive," as the announcer called them, made a game of it, with one girl picking Keane's pocket to defuse an early threat, and another youngster showing a nose for the net — scoring both of her team's goals.

Keane scored the difference-maker late, using nifty footwork to get the ball past Lilliputian defenders, one of whom he high-fived after popping the ball into the net.

With the final score at 3-2, the announcer said, "We've come to the end of this one, as the team of Gerrard and Keane will get the win — and orange slices for everybody."

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

Tower Frequencies

91.5 FM KANU Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)
89.7 FM KANH Emporia
99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute

See the Coverage Map for more details

Contact Us

Kansas Public Radio
1120 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Download Map
785-864-4530 (Main Line)
888-577-5268 (Toll Free)