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w/ MNT defender Eddie Pope


Eddie Pope may or may not need some sort of therapy. Regardless, with 25 prompts on topics both easy and tough, we play psychiatrist to get a candid look inside the mind of the soft-spoken, stoic U.S. Men’s National Team defender.

Speak softly and carry a big kick. That’s what Eddie Pope has done throughout his successful soccer career. From his days as a Tarheel to his championship years as part of D.C. United’s early MLS dynasty to his solid performance in the past two World Cups, the always reliable and conspicuously consistent back line stopgap has brought his quiet, workmanlike ways to every team he’s been a part of. As if he doesn’t already bring enough to a team, the 28-year-old native of High Point, N.C., has a knack for knocking home a header when the game is on the line, which is always nice. On and off the field, he is a coach’s dream: a consummate professional, a player that always does what is asked of him, and a man who leads by silent example. In a day and age of ego and selfish glory among big-time pros, Pope is one of a rare breed of athletes that realizes it’s far more impressive to walk the walk than talk the talk.

Prompt ::: Response
High Point, N.C. ::: Home
UNC, the school ::: Fun
Chapel Hill, the college town ::: Chapel Thrill!
D.C., the city ::: D.C. United
D.C. United, the team ::: Pride
Playoffs ::: Battle
MLS Cup ::: Prestige
Dynasty ::: Consistency
Marco Etcheverry ::: Class
Bobby Convey ::: Youth
(UNC and USA teammate) Gregg Berhalter ::: Toughness
Your wife Corina ::: Corazon
Your son Emilio ::: Mi Vida
Eddie Pope Soccer Leagues :::  Hope
Michael Jordan ::: Warrior
Music ::: Release
(Current United head coach) Ray Hudson ::: Passionate
Thomas Rongen ::: Dedicated
Steve Sampson ::: Committed
Bruce Arena ::: Winner
1994 World Cup ::: Beginning
1998 World Cup ::: Setback
2002 World Cup ::: Breakthrough
2006 World Cup ::: Anticipation
U.S. Soccer ::: Backbone

Table of Contents
1)
Armchair Midfielder (The Triple-Edged Sword: Class of 1991 vs. Class of 2002)
2) Word Association (w/ MNT defender Eddie Pope)
3) At the Movies (w/ WNT midfielder Aly Wagner)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ MNT defender Gregg Berhalter)
5) Big Woman on Campus (w/ U-19 WNT defender Keeley Dowling)
6) Superstar!!! (w/ WNT forward Mia Hamm)
7) Mark That Calendar (2002 Nike U.S. Women’s Cup)
8) Point/Counterpoint (What Do YOU Know?!?)
9) "You Don’t Know Jack (Marshall)" (U.S. Open Cup trivia) 

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