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w/ U-19 WNT midfielder Manya Makoski

U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team midfielder Manya Makoski hails from Trumbull, Conn., and according to this slashing dribbler and non-stop runner who may start for the USA at the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship, there just ain't much to do in her sleepy Connecticut town. That means lots of time to listen to music.  This month, Manya gives her fave Desert Island Discs, the five (or six as the case may be) CDs that she would bring with her if she was stranded on a desert island, which she admits is sometimes the feeling she gets in Trumbull.

1. Eminem, “The Eminem Show” (Interscope Records, 2002)
 “I've listened to Em ever since he was underground and before he was ‘getting in trouble with the government,’ because his cynical, truth-shattering lyrics caught my attention. He sings the truth about society, something that most rappers don't do, and he isn't afraid to speak his mind. Plus, one of my nicknames is Eminem. Yeah, he's hot too.”

2.  Rahzel, “Make the Music 2000” (MCA Records, 1999)
“Not many music-goers have heard of this DJ who sings (or “beatboxes”) his own music and lyrics at the same time. He does live shows to prove his unbelievable singing ability, but I’ve never been to any yet. I listen to Rahzel whenever I need to take a break from hearing Britney Spears sing about how she's ‘not a girl, not yet a woman’ on the radio.”

3. Enrique Iglesias, “Escape” (Interscope Records, 2001)
“My favorite song from this album is ‘Escape’ (even though it was overplayed to the extreme a while ago) because it gives me a rush when driving in my car when I'm on my way to workout. This album also features three Spanish songs that sound smoother than the English versions. Enrique is suave and totally perfect for me. Anna Kournikova who?”

4. Nelly, “Country Grammar” (Universal Records, 2000)
“Definitely representin' St. Louis (where my family used to live), Nelly creates a new meaning to rap with his sweet rhyming and nonstop-party lyrics. ‘Batter Up’ is one of my favorites, and not because it's about baseball.  I will take a ride with him any day.”

5. Spice Girls, “Spice” (Virgin Records, 1996)
“Yes, I listened to them in middle school, and yes, my friends and I dressed up like them and sang their songs for our soccer team. Their ‘girl power’ lyrics help cheer me up whenever a boy messes up and treats me bad. (I can listen to them only in secret now).”

6. 112, “Room 112” (Bad Boy Records, 1998)
“If you haven’t heard of them, you must not be from Trumbull, Conn., because every pimped-out car here is definitely rockin' these off-the-hook songs.  Discovered by Puff Daddy, these boys have been topping charts for years, which is why I listen. It's definitely a good CD to listen to when you're chillin' with your boy.”


Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (WUSA Version 2.0)
2) Word Association (w/ WNT midfielder Tiffany Roberts)
3) Desert Island Discs (w/ U-19 WNT midfielder Manya Makoski)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ U-19 WNT forward Heather O’Reilly)
5) Making it in the Show (w/ U-23/U-20 MNT forward Devin Barclay)
6) Mark That Calendar (FIFA Women’s Under-19 World Championship)
7) "You Don’t Know Jack (Marshall)" (WUSA trivia x 2)

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