Off-the-wall Questions and Answers, Queries and Anecdotes from Julie Foudy - the veteran U.S. WNT captain and jokester herself.
Center Circle: Who's your favorite superhero and why?
Julie Foudy: "It has to be Spiderman. Simply because I love the Spiderman theme song and I like to think I move across the field with the speed, agility and grace of a spider. Then I woke up."
CC: What's your biggest brush with greatness, meaning, who's the biggest celebrity you've met?
JF: "Aside from Mia Hamm, who doubles as my caddy for her second job, I'd have to say Socks, the White House feline. Socks was extremely hospitable and chatty, and made my White House experience very enjoyable."
CC: If you were a cartoon character, who would you be? (And why?)
JF: "Scooby Doo, because he always gets to eat."
CC: Is there a better city than San Diego?
JF: "If you can find me a place where the sun shines about 360 days a year and the temperature stays in the range of 65-85 degrees 12 months a year, you have blue water and sandy beaches and the greatest soccer fans in the WUSA, then maybe. But I doubt it."
CC: How easy were those questions on "Millionaire"? Ever want to try your hand at "Celebrity Jeopardy"?
JF: "The questions vary, some are easier than others, but the problem is when you're at home watching, you're like, ‘Oh, that's so easy!’ But when you are sitting in the chair, and the lights are down, and Regis is staring you in the face, the answers don't come so quickly and you start second-guessing everything. As far as Celebrity Jeopardy, I don't think I could handle the stress."
CC: Letterman or Leno? (And why?)
JF: "Letterman. Jay is great and all, but Dave is Dave. I love his randomness and complete goofiness. It's too bad I usually can't stay up that late at night. When I do summon the energy to stay up, I laugh out loud the entire show."
CC: What was the last concert you went to?
JF: "I was at a Hootie and the Blowfish and Elton John doubleheader in Atlanta. It was a private concert for Anheuser-Busch. Elton played for about two hours and then you walked around the stage 180 degrees and Hootie played on the other side."
CC: So what does it feel like to be President (of the Women's Sports Foundation)?
JF: "It's great to be president of an organization that has helped our national team and women's sports so much. I have one more year of my presidency left and I want to help further create opportunities for equal access for women in sports."
CC: What are your future plans for TV broadcasting?
JF: "I would like to continue to do as much as possible. The national team and the WUSA are a priority right now, but I definitely want to do more commentating in the coming years."
CC: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?
JF: "That's a tough one, but I think I have to go with Affleck. It's a close call, but Ben came to the Women's World Cup Final, so he gets the nod."
CC: Do you prefer the "tough Harrison Ford" (see Star Wars, Indiana Jones) or the "sensitive Harrison Ford" (see Random Hearts, Regarding Henry)?
JF: "I would like a mixture of both. I like the fact that Harrison Ford can take on snakes, bugs and gigantic rolling rocks one moment, and be whispering sweet nothings to his honey in the next scene."
CC: What was the last thing that when through your mind before Brandi Chastain made contact with her historic penalty kick?
JF: "I was thinking, Oh God, please make it. Because if you don't, I'm next."
CC: What sport do you most like to watch besides soccer?
JF: "Basketball. I love my Lakers, but I also love football. The 49ers were my team before they let Jerry Rice go, so now I'm a San Diego Chargers fan."
CC: A day at the beach or a day in the mountains?
JF: "The beach. I love skiing, but I am a Southern California girl and I can only handle so many days of sub-60 temperatures."
CC: After you have children one day, do you see yourself getting back on the field as quickly as Joy Fawcett and Carla Overbeck?
JF: "Definitely not. When I have children, I can't see myself even getting off the couch, never mind putting on the cleats."
"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.
1) Armchair Midfielder (MLS Playoffs)
2) Word Association (w/ MNT defender Jeff Agoos)
3) At the Movies (w/ U-17 MNT defenders Chris Lancos and Gray Griffin)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ WNT midfielder Julie Foudy)
5) Big Woman on Campus (w/ WNT/U-21 WNT midfielder Aleisha Cramer)
6) Superstar!!! (w/ WNT forward Tiffeny Milbrett)
7) Mark That Calendar (2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup)
8) Point-Counterpoint (w/ journalists Jere Longman and Steve Davis)
9) From the Bleachers (w/ PHILIPS chant contest winner Randal Bird)
10) "You Don't Know Jack (Marshall)" (U.S. Open Cup history)