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What’s it going to be? Door number one, door number two, or door number THREE?!? Okay, so this section has less to do with “Let’s Make A Deal” and more to do with the Multiple Choice section of an SAT test. “In 3’s” peeks inside the head of a select National Team player as they pick one of three choices for 20-something questions about personal tastes and pop culture.

After starring for both the U-17, U-20 and U-23 Youth National Teams, the speedy 6’1” midfielder/forward has finally gotten a call-up to compete in camp alongside fellow Under-17 MNT superstar alumni like Landon, Bobby and Beas.  After three years of limited action in MLS due to various U-17 demands and injuries, EJ is having a breakout 2004 season, scoring 11 goals and adding three assists to do his part in driving Dallas out of its cellar-dwelling doldrums.

Best big city in the U.S.: LA, NYC or Chicago?
“NYC.  There's always something to do in New York.  It's an easy place to fit into.  I love fashion, and there's a ton of it there.  And you never know who you're going to run into.”

Best city you've lived in: Daytona Beach, Fla., Bradenton, Fla., Dallas, Texas?
“Dallas is the best.  When I went to the Dallas Cup, I remember being there for a long time and not wanting to leave.  When I got drafted by Dallas, it was cool to get back to a place that I'd been to and never expected to come back to.”

Best reason for someone who's not from Daytona to go to Daytona: Spring Break parties, NASCAR or surfing?
“Spring Break.  One walk on the beach explains it all.  People from all over come to Daytona to have a good time.”

Best leisure footwear: flip-flop, runners or sneakers?
Sneakers. (They’re) more comfortable.”

Undergarment of choice: Boxers, boxer-briefs or tighty-whiteys?
“Boxers.  I like to be loose and comfortable.”

Favorite non-soccer sport: Baseball, Basketball or Football?
“Football.  It's the other sport I played growing up.  I played for six years, including freshman and sophomore year in high school, and then I went to Bradenton.  I was a wide receiver. That's where I get my speed from.”

Best sports read: Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine or The Dallas Morning News?
“I get my sports news from People!”

Favorite Dallas team beside the Burn: Cowboys, Mavericks or Stars (NHL)?
Cowboys, dog.  I'm a fan of Roy Williams.  I've been to his house a couple times.”

Favorite Dallas Maverick: Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash or Michael Finley?
“Would've been Steve, but now it's Dirk, 'cause he's clutch.  He hits the big shots when you need him.”

Best 80’s basketball star: Bird, Dr. J or Magic?
Dr. J, man.  Not even a question.”

Best rapper-turned-actor: DMX, Eminem or Ice Cube?
“Ooh, that's a good one.  Eminem.  ‘8-Mile’ was good, especially the ... romantic scenes.”

Worst singer-turned-actress: Britney, Madonna or Mariah?
Britney.  Whatever that movie was, it wasn't good.”

Best rap/hip-hop producer: Dr. Dre, Timbaland or the Neptunes?
Timbaland.  He's produced the Missy Elliotts, the Aliyah's and some other good acts.”

Best rap style: West coast (Dre, Snoop), Midwest (Nelly, Eminem) or East Coast (Jay-Z, DMX)?
“I have to say East Coast.  Those two keep it real.  They don't rap about what they have.  They rap about where they have been.  Those two are humble rappers.”

Best guy mag: Maxim, FHM or Details?
Maxim.  It has the best scenery.”

Best hip hop mag: Vibe, Source or XXL?
“Damn, that's a hard one.  They're all the same.”

Best SportsCenter anchor: Kenny Mayne, Dan Patrick or Stuart Scott?
“You got me.  I don't watch ‘SportsCenter.’”

Best video game system: Xbox, PS2 or GameCube?
“I don't play video games.  I'm a grown-ass man.”

Favorite leisure activity: watch TV, play video games or read a book/mag?
“Watching TV  I watch BET all day long.”

Favorite type of non-American food: Mexican, Italian or Chinese/Asian?
“Asian.  Vietnamese is my favorite.  I like the Kapow (or Kung Pao) chicken.  It has a little spice to it.”

Best late-night food: burrito, slice or gyro?
“Wouldn't know (laughs).  But if I had to, it'd be a fat burrito.”
Best fast food stop: McDonald’s, Taco Bell or KFC?
KFC.  I like to throw down a two piece - thigh and a leg - with mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese.”

Best American-invented condiment: ketchup, ranch dressing or spray imitation butter?
“Ketchup.  You can't go wrong with ketchup.  You can put it on anything - rice, eggs, whatever.  It makes everything taste better.”