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w/ MNT Defender Frankie Hejduk

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 25 questions about personal tastes and pop culture.

U.S. Men’s National Team defender Frankie Hejduk wasn’t all soccer, all the time growing up. Living in San Diego, the wanna-be Rastafarian was as much into catching waves as he was into shutting down defenses with his tenacious D.  Like, totally lucky for us dude, the former high school surfing champion put aside his love for carving (at least temporarily) and for the past 10 years has provided the U.S. Men’s National Team with speed on the flanks and a tireless work rate. As he helps the U.S. down the final stretch of 2006 World Cup qualifying, he’s no doubt hoping he’ll find himself in Germany in a year, and possibly catching the equivalent to a killer wave on the soccer field as they attempt to improve on their quarterfinal appearance in 2002.
Favorite place you’ve lived in the U.S.: San Diego, Miami, or Columbus, Ohio? 
San Diego.  Good waves, and sunny all the time.”



Best hairstyle you’ve had over the years: Dreads, California surf mop or close-cropped?
“I liked my dreads.  It was pretty nasty.  Those were the good old days.”

Most memorable goal scored with the Men’s National Team: First against Guatemala, strike against Mexico in Nike U.S. Cup ’99 in San Diego or game-clinching goal against Mexico in Nike U.S. Cup 2000?
“The San Diego game, because it was in front of my hometown.  It’s always good to score when all your bro’s are there. Plus, they were psyched for the goal celebration dance.”

Best pre-game ritual: sleeping, listening to music or just relax?
“Jamming to tunes relaxes me.  Stuff that’s definitely pretty mellow, like Bob Marley or Jack Johnson.”

Favorite thing to do on the road: play cards, do crosswords or read a book?
“Play cards.  I like to play hearts, but lately we’ve jumped on the Texas Hold ‘Em bandwagon.  We usually have a good group of players.”

Average percentage of crosswords you complete: 30 percent, 50 percent or 80 percent?
“80 percent.  You didn’t say when they have to be completed, right?”

You can choose one place in the world to surf for the day, where are you catching waves: Hawaii, Mexico or Costa Rica?
“Those are good choices.  I’d say Mexico – Cabo San Lucas.  Good waves, warm water, hot weather and cold beer.  It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Best surfer lingo: brah, dude or righteous?
“Dude.  It’s second nature to me.  I don’t even know I’m saying it anymore.”


Professional sport your son Nesta will most likely play when he gets older: Soccer, surfing or golf?

Favorite type of non-American food: Mexican, Italian or Chinese/Asian?
“Mexican.  Carne Asada burrito with guacamole.  There’s a little place in my hometown called Las Olas.  When I go home, I go surfing first and then straight to Las Olas.”

Best place to get a cup of coffee in Columbus: Insomnia, Cup O’Joe or Starbucks?
“I’m a Starbucks guy.  I’ve got my own Starbucks espresso machine at home, so I’ve got my personal stash.” 

Number of cups of coffee you are drinking in one day: One, three or ahh…keep going?
“I drink between 8-10 espressos a day.  I start every morning with a quad shot.”

Fast-food joint you’re going to for burger and fries: In-N-Out, McDonalds or Burger King?
In-N-Out, no doubt.  I love the toasted buns.”

You’re in charge of providing dinner: Making a meal, hitting the frozen pizza or going out?
“Going out.  Definitely.  I make a pretty mean boiled rice.  That’s about it.”

Best sports team in Columbus besides the Crew to watch live: Buckeyes, Blue Jackets or minor league baseball Clippers?
“I like the Blue Jackets.  Hockey games are pretty sweet.  It’s a new arena, and you’re right on top of the ice.  Everyone gets all intense at the games.”

Best professional surfer: Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow or Laird Hamilton?
“The best right now is Kelly Slater.  He’s won something like seven world titles.  He’s the best in small wave surf and big wave surf.  He’s not limited to just one kind. But my favorite surfer was Tom Curren.”

Superstitions on day of game: Have one, have more than one or don’t have any? 
“None, really.”

Television/Movies/Video Games
Reality show you’d like most to be on: “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” or “American Idol”?
The Amazing Race.  It’s the one I think I could win.  It would be cool traveling to different cities, and there’s lots of running involved.  That’s something I’m pretty good at.”

Best surfing movie: “Point Break,” “Endless Summer” or “Blue Crush”?
“‘Endless Summer.’  It’s a classic.  It was the first movie that broke through for surfing.”

Funniest animated series: “Simpsons,” “Family Guy” or “South Park”?
“That’s a good one.  I’d say ‘South Park.’  I can’t wait to see how Kenny dies every time.”
“I think 2 was the hardest.”


Toughest Super Mario Bros. video game on Nintendo to conquer: Original, 2 or 3?

Favorite Bob Marley song to dance the “skank” to: “Jammin,” “No Women No Cry” or “Get up, Stand up?”
“‘Get up, Stand up,’ for sure.”

You become blessed with amazing musical talent. What career are you pursuing: member of a boy band, solo artist or lead vocal in band?
“Lead vocal in a band.  Just ‘cause you can rock out so hard.  I’d be in a rock and roll band, just to see what the lifestyle is like.  It’s sounds pretty cool.”

Of the current top selling albums, the one most likely to be in your CD player right now: “X & Y” (Coldplay), “Monkey Business” (Black Eyed Peas) or “Breakaway” (Kelly Clarkson)?
“None, dude.  Right now I’m doing a mix.  I’ve got a six CD-changer.  I usually do two reggae, two rock and two rap.  Just depends on the mood I’m in.  The pre-party is usually rock, at the party is rap, and the after-party is reggae.”

“I’d say soccer.  He’s already running around crazy, chopping kids down.  He’s following in my footsteps.  The parents on the other team never like him.  That’s when I know he’s doing good.”