What to do between meals and training and meals and light out? For any and all of those that have been called into a U.S. National Team camp, the answer is: see a movie.
Perhaps no U.S. team sees more movies than those precocious teenagers from the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National team. Strip mall cinema connoisseurs Chris Lancos and Gray Griffin recount summer blockbuster "American Pie 2", a shining beacon of good taste and sophisticated humor. It should be noted that both players were accompanied by an adult (most likely U-17 MNT head coach John Ellinger or goalkeeper coach Peter Mellor) to the viewing of the aforementioned movie.
Chris Lancos, U.S. U-17 defender and native of Belford, N.J.:
Gray Griffin, U.S. U-17 captain/defender and native of Huntersville, N.C.:
"Center Circle" (October 2001, Inaugural Issue)
In this Inaugural Issue of U.S. Soccer's new monthly fan newsletter / e-zine, you'll find the items listed below. Some will return next month, others will be entirely fresh for November."GREAT MOVIE! Without a doubt, you need to see it if you haven’t seen it. I’ve seen it twice. The first one was also really good, but for some reason I liked the second one even more. Not sure why, but I did. The second one is much funnier. The Dad is great, but I’m glad my dad isn’t like that. After seeing the movie I can’t wait to get to college. But I think I might be getting my hopes up. The girls in the movie are great, out of control and good-looking.""Gotta admit it – I’m a big fan of the first American Pie. Great movie – one of the funniest I have seen in a while. So I went in with high hopes for the second one. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good movie. Just not as good as the first. But it is a movie I would definitely go see. Getting to see Shannon Elizabeth and the others is worth the ticket price alone. The only problem with the movie is that you feel like you’ve already seen parts of it, and you know what’s going on. But Stifler is great. Absolutely hilarious. I think they should have a movie with just Stifler. And maybe Shannon Elizabeth."