U.S. Men’s National Team Q & A: Thanksgiving Special Edition
Over the coming days many Americans will make the journey to join friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday. Despite being in far flung places such as Rome, Italy; Nantes, France or Puebla, Mexico, members of the U.S. Men’s National Team will also be gathering with loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving. In a special Q & A, a handful of National Teamers share their favorite memories and pastimes of Turkey Day.
Nov. 27, 2013
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DaMarcus Beasley : “It’s a Beasley Affair! There’s a lot of food, a lot of drinks, a lot of card playing, a lot of games. We do a lot of different things. One of the favorite games we play is Spades. We do the kids against the grown-ups. I’m a kid now, so that’s always fun to see who wins and who has bragging rights for the night.
“Usually the whole family gets together. We have aunts and uncles around. Everybody brings their own dish. My mom, everyone knows, is famous for macaroni and cheese. Our favorite part of the meal is macaroni and cheese. My mom would kill me if I didn’t say that any way! It’s definitely my favorite part. She doesn’t cook it very often now, but when she has a chance to, it truly is the best.
“We eat, we sleep, usually at my aunt or uncle’s house and then we wake up and eat again. We get there around 2 p.m., food is served around 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. We don’t leave the house until around midnight. It’s a great day watching football, playing cards and eating. It’s really a time to be with family and I enjoy that.”
Alejandro Bedoya : “Being a Latino family, a bunch of Colombians running around cooking and playing some good music and the smell of all these different types of spices and all this good food are my memories of the holidays. My mom’s stuffing and her cinnamon sweet potato is amazing. I can just imagine what it would be like to smell that right now and just eating everything!
“I remember last year during my time at Rangers I was able to have Thanksgiving with Carlos Bocanegra and Mo Edu. That was the best Thanksgiving outside of the [United] States I’ve ever had. Other than that, it’s just me trying to cook myself a meal and it’s not the best.”
Terrence Boyd : “I didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving that much since I grew up in Germany, but last Thanksgiving me and my friends tried to cook something. The problem was we couldn’t cook, so the turkey was so bad we ended up eating at a restaurant. It wasn’t good, but at least we tried it.”
Michael Bradley : “Like everybody, you use the holidays for family time, to spend time with one another. Especially for us, given everybody’s busy schedules, different parts of our family are in different parts across the world, any chance that we get to spend time with each other is really special.
“Growing up for us, Thanksgiving dinner was always earlier in the day around lunch time. Then you got out to play and get around, then come back later in the evening for turkey sandwiches. That’s a little something we used to do.”
Geoff Cameron : “It’s always different because usually I’m away playing football or I was in Houston or college. It’s tough to get home for the holidays, but it’s been great the last couple years. My parents have come out along with my girlfriend’s parents and we’ve had a little English Thanksgiving holiday.
“My favorite part of Thanksgiving meal has to be my dad’s homemade rice pilaf and twice backed stuffed potatoes.”
Brad Evans : “Mostly our family tradition is spending good quality time, good meals, a little bit of drink, presents, just good quality time together. My favorite part of Thanksgiving meal is definitely turkey and mashed potatoes. That’s the kind of guy I am.”
Chris Wondolowski : “It’s always fun. There’s a lot of family throughout. I have two sets of parents, so I always go there. Then I have in-laws now too, so I always do a big Thanksgiving dinner over there. That’s usually our go to.
“Favorite part of the meal? I’m going to go with my mother-in-law’s stuffed mushrooms. They’re amazing! Mushrooms with bread crumbs and all other sorts of goodness."