Drew Carey Wins Big, Gives Bigger as He Donates $160K to Mooch Myernick Fund
CARSON, Calif. (June 5, 2007) – Drew Carey surprised an already giddy crowd at the Drew Carey vs. U.S. Soccer $100K Video Game Challenge when, after dominating the opposition and going 4-2 in six matches playing EA SPORTS™ FIFA Soccer 07 on Xbox 360™, he decided to not only pay the full $100,000 that was at stake in the competition, but also doubled up on his two losses to the tune of another $60,000.
In front of more than 200 people at a VIP invitation-only event, including all the players and coaches of the U.S. Men’s National Team Gold Cup squad and more than a dozen Women’s National Team players, the comedian and star of the upcoming CBS game show The Power of 10 donated a total of $160,000 to the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund, with another $5,000 raised in donations at the event from raffle and celebrity silent auction prizes.
The evening started slow for Carey, falling 1-0 to Taylor Twellman right from the outset. Twellman played with Chelsea against Carey's team of choice, Barcelona. In addition to the victory on the scoreboard, Twellman won a side bet with Carey, who will have to wear a Twellman New England Revolution jersey to The Home Depot Center for the next year whenever New England is in town to play Carey’s favorite team, the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Following the open defeat, Carey went on a tear, compiling four straight shutout victories against U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo, the U.S. Men’s all-time leader in goalkeeping victories in Kasey Keller, U.S. women’s striker Abby Wambach, and Rick Messina. Messina, Carey’s manager, ponied up $1,000 to try and separate his client from an extra $10,000 (no conflict of interest here), but was defeated 1-0 after electing to play with Manchester United.
In the most controversial match of the night, Landon Donovan's Bayern Munich suffered two red cards in the match’s first five minutes, which was quickly blamed on faulty tackling settings on his controller. With the crowd chanting for a game restart, and with Carey feeling unbeatable on the heels of a 400-plus minute shutout streak, he allowed the U.S. forward to start over.
Donovan proceeded to crush Carey, his Munich side scoring goals left, right and center while cruising to a 6-0 victory. The crowd roared after every Donovan goal, thinking that the U.S. Men’s National Team star and EA Sports king had secured the big prize of $50,000, only to be stunned by Carey’s announcement at the end of the evening.
ESPN soccer talent Allen Hopkins served as emcee of the event, which included a silent auction that raised another $4,000, including $1,200 for a signed jersey from Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney.
With $165,000 raised on the night, 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund, established in honor of former coach and MNT captain Glenn “Mooch” Myernick. The fund was established to help increase the number of children playing the sport in metropolitan communities nationwide, and to assist soccer clubs and organizations in urban areas to create and sustain soccer opportunities for local underserved children. Prior to Tuesday’s event, the Foundation had already raised more than $100,000 from individual and corporate donors in Myernick’s honor to help support the growth of soccer in major metropolitan areas across the country. An assistant coach for the USA in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup, Myernick was universally admired, respected and loved by all those whose lives he touched. He passed away in October of 2006 at the age of 51.