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w/ MNT defender Carlos Bocanegra


What's it going to be? Door number one, door number two, or door number THREE?!? Okay, so this new 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 personality of a select National Team player as they pick one of three choices for 25 questions about personal tastes and pop culture, from Best U.S. City to Best Burger-and-Fry Fast Food.

Carlos Bocanegra is a California kid through and through. Born in Upland, raised in Alta Loma, and schooled in Los Angeles at UCLA, you wonder if he's ever left the state. And why would he? Well, to play for the Chicago Fire, for one. And to represent the U.S. Men's National Team in this weekend's friendly versus El Salvador.

'Los (pronounced "lowse"), as his teammates call him, is a veteran of the U.S. Youth National Team program, playing a major role for the Under-20's at the FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria in 1999 and then helping the Under-23's to a bronze medal at the Pan Am Games just three months later. After missing the cut for the 2000 Olympic squad, he set out to prove himself in Major League Soccer. That he did, advancing from Rookie of the Year (2000) to Defender of the Year (2002) in a matter of three years and becoming one of the league's brightest young stars along the way. Not too shabby for a 23-year-old punk who first turned MLS heads with his shoddy peroxide look in Year One and was rocking a fauxhawk just a few months ago.
 
Best city: LA, NYC or Chicago?
"LA, 'cause I'm from there.  The weather's better, I like the girls better, and it's close to the beach."

Worst haircut: Mohawk, mullet or bowl cut?
"Oh, man.  I have to say the mullet, because I had to sit next to (Chicago Fire captain and Polish international) Peter Nowak in the locker room every day for three years and look at it."

Most macho vehicle: Sports car, SUV or big ol' truck?
"I have to say the SUV.  It's now known as the 'big ballers' car.  Basketball players have them, football players have them, I have them…"

Best date activity: Movie, Theater, or Comedy Club?
"Comedy Club.  You have to like a girl that has a good sense of humor."

Better late night talk show: Tonight Show, Late Show or Daily Show?
"'Daily Show.'  Jon Stewart always makes the news a little bit lighter."

Better late, late night talk show host: Conan, Kilborn or Carson (Daly)?
"Carson Daly?  Are you kidding?  Kilborn is the best, I think. Honestly, I don't watch that stuff too much."

Best SportsCenter anchor: Chris Berman, Dan Patrick or Keith Olbermann?
"Stuart Scott, hands down."

Best morning radio show: Stern, Mancow or your local morning zoo station?
"Personally, I like to jam to music in the morning. I don't listen to those fools."

Best male superhero: Superman, Batman or Spiderman?
"Superman.  He's got x-ray vision."

Best female superhero: Wonder Woman, Catwoman or the Silver Storm?
"If I have to pick, I'll say Wonder Woman."

Hottest male superhero love interest: Lois Lane, Vicky Vale or Mary Jane (recently played by Kirsten Dunst in "Spiderman")?
"Vicki Vale, because of Kim Basinger. First it was Jessica Rabbit, now this..."

Most Talented Latin Bombshell: Christina Aguilera, Paulina Rubio or Shakira?
"I like Paulina Rubio.  She's sexy and Mexican."

Hottest American Teen Pop Queen: Britney Spears, Mandy Moore or Jessica Simpson?
"Britney Spears.  What's not to like?"

Better old school rap group: N.W.A., Public Enemy or Beastie Boys?
"Beastie Boys.  They weathered the storm and are still going..."

Best future rock-n-roll Hall of Fame inductee: U2, REM or Radiohead?
"U2, because it's the only group I listen to out of the choices."

Best Lakers Team: Wilt's Lakers, Magic/Kareem's Lakers or Shaq/Kobe's Lakers?
"Shaq and Kobe.  The Millenium Lakers."

Best sports magazine: Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine or Men's Digest?
"Sports Illustrated.  It's like a sports institution."

Best men's magazine: Maxim, FHM or GQ?
"I like the British Maxim the best, 'cause there isn't a whole lot of censorship in there."

Best kind of bike: Mountain bike, Lowrider bike or BMX bike?
"The lowrider, so you can just cruise along the beach and pick up some honeys."

Cooler X-game: surfing, snowboarding or skateboarding?
"I like the skateboarding.  Tony Hawk's 900 was pretty sweet last time."

Better video game system: Xbox, PS2 or GameCube?
"I like the Xbox.  Speaking of which, I need to go play Halo right now."

Favorite type of non-American food: Mexican, Italian or Chinese/Asian?
"Dude, I'm Mexican.  What kind of question is that?"

Best stirfry meat: chicken, beef or shrimp?
"Beef.  It's what's for dinner."

Best burger-and-fry fast food: McDonald's, Burger King or Wendy's?
"I'm from Cali. The In-and-Out burger.  Nothing compares."

Beer of choice: Domestic, import or microbrew?
"I don't drink.  But if I did, I would have a keg of Budweiser at my house."

Best breath mint: TicTacs, Altoids or Flavor Strips?
"Altoids. (They're) pretty strong.  If you have a severe case of halitosis, Altoids should clear that right up."  

 

Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (The U.S. Women: Ready for China 2003?)
2) In Threes (w/ MNT defender Carlos Bocanegra)
3) Making it in the Show (w/ U-20 MNT forward Santino Quaranta)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ WNT goalkeeper Briana Scurry)
5) Mark That Calendar (Nov. 17 - MNT vs. El Salvador)
6) Superstar!!! (w/ WNT midfielder Aly Wagner)
7) FAN Point/Counterpoint (Biggest Surpise on the U.S. MNT Roster)
8) "You Don't Know Jack (Marshall)" (2002 MNT trivia x2)

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