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w/ U-17 MNT forward Guillermo Gonzalez


Life on the road with the U.S. Youth National Teams features intense training sandwiched around hours of down time.  Oh, and there are long flights to places like Italy, Guatemala, or Finland, where the Under-17 Men’s National Team will compete in the FIFA U-17 World Championship from August 13-30. Of course, one of the most popular ways to get through the long days is to throw on some headphones (the big puffy kind, not the earplug variety) and turn it up to 11, which is what midfielder/forward Guillermo Gonzalez (or just “Memo” to friends and teammates) does quite frequently.

The 16-year-old from Paramount, Calif., is one of the top scorers from the current class of U-17 kids based at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., following in the footsteps of former U-17 standouts like Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, Santino Quaranta and Eddie Johnson. Following a 2002 campaign in which he led the team with 63 points (26 goals and 11 assists) in 56 overall games, Gonzalez is back at it in ’03 with 18 goals and six assists in 45 games so far this year. Earlier this year, he was drafted by his hometown team, the L.A. Galaxy, where he hopes to be making runs all over the field at the H.D.C. for years to come. Born and raised in and around the City of Angels, the Mexican-American teen has grown up with a variety of musical influences that are reflected below in his CD choices if he could be D.J. for a Day.

1.) Jay-Z, "Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life" (Def Jam, 1998)
“Being one of my two favorite artists, I wouldn’t mind being stuck on a deserted island with this CD. He is a very talented artist and makes you think when you listen to his music.”

2.) 50 Cent, “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” (Interscope, 2003)
“This is my other favorite artist and is also a fairly new one. I like a lot of his songs. ‘21 Questions,’ ‘If I Can’t’ and ‘Patiently Waiting’ are some of my favorites.”

3.) Enrique Iglesias, “Escape” (Interscope, 2001)
“You can’t be stuck on a deserted island without Enrique. He’s very inspirational and he’s Hispanic. I enjoy most of his songs. ‘Hero’ and ‘Escape’ are definitely my two favorites.”

4.) Mana, “En Vivo” (WEA Latina, 1995)
“They’re a Spanish rock band that I've listened to since I was a kid. The best is seeing them in concert. They sing Spanish songs and it reminds me a lot about my family.”

5.) Tupac Shakur, “Greatest Hits’ (Death Row, 1998)
“I love this guy. He represents the West Coast and reminds me a lot of home. Yes, he uses bad language, but who doesn’t?”

 

Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (Back in the U.S.S.A.: The Big Six Venues)
2) In Threes (w/ MNT defender Greg Vanney)
3) DeeJay for a Day (w/ U-17 MNT forward Guillermo Gonzalez)
4) Queries & Anecdotes (w/ WNT forward Mia Hamm)
5) Mark That Calendar (MNT vs. Group B – France 2003)
6) Superstar!!! (w/ MNT midfielder Eddie Lewis)
7) FAN Point/Counterpoint (Who will win the 2003 Confederations Cup?)
8) "You Don’t Know Jack (Marshall)" (1999 Confederations Cup Trivia)

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