“BEHIND CLOSED DOORS”
A section that will let you get to know the real personalities of your favorite Men’s, Women’s and Youth National Team players through various funny and unique first-person accounts. In this issue, you’ll find:
2) IN 3’s (w/ MNT defender Chris Albright)
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.
Chris Albright has played just about every position on the field in his young soccer career, starting out as a standout forward at the University of Virginia and for both the U.S. Under-20 and Under-23 Men’s National Teams, then eventually moving back to a midfield role as a pro for D.C. United and the L.A. Galaxy, before Bruce tried him out with the U.S. Men’s National Team earlier this year at right back, where he’s flourished and become an MLS All-Star at his newly-adopted adopted position.
Best big city: L.A., N.Y.C. or Chicago?
"I have to say N.Y.C. I dig Chicago and L.A., but there's just so much that goes on in that city."
Best place you've lived: Philadelphia, D.C. or L.A.?
"Philly. It's still home, but I'm starting to like L.A. better."
Best California beach hangout: Manhattan, Redondo or Hermosa?
"Hermosa. It's a little younger and it's a little more my style."
Best area to hangout in D.C.: Adam's Morgan, Georgetown or The Hill?
"Adam's Morgan. It's got a little more flavor than the other two."
Favorite D.C. tourist attraction: Washington monument, The Smithsonian or The White House?
"To be honest, I didn't do a whole lot of touristy stuff. But it's gotta be the White House."
Hottest ride: sports car, SUV or German luxury?
Best date activity: movie, theater, or comedy club?
"Comedy club, because it's funnier."
Best way to kill time on the road with the team: play cards, play PS2 or watch TV?
"Watch TV. My favorite show is ‘The Simpsons.’"
Best late night talk show: “Tonight Show,” “Late Show” or “Daily Show”?
"‘Late Show.” Letterman still gets it right."
Best late, late night talk show host: Conan, Kilborn or (Jimmy) Kimmel?
"Conan. The guy's a genius. And he used to write for the Simpsons."
Best show Comedy Central has produced: "Chappelle Show," "South Park" or "Man Show"?
"Chappelle. I haven't watched the other two that much."
Best deceased rapper: Notorious B.I.G., Tupac or Eazy E?
"B.I.G. Gotta stick with the East Coast."
Best rock band to come out of L.A.: Guns N Roses, Motley Crue or Van Halen?
"It's actually the Red Hot Chili Peppers. How'd you miss that one?"
Favorite kind or rock: Classic, Punk or Alternative?
"I like Classic the best of those, but my favorite band is the Grateful Dead."
Favorite position: forward, midfielder or defender?
“I’m happy anywhere as long as I’m on the field.”
Best former UVa player to play for D.C. United: Chris Albright, Alecko Eskandarian or Ben Olsen? "Clint Peay."
Favorite Philadelphia Eagles player: Donovan McNabb, Duce Staley or new guy Terrell Owens?
"My favorite is Bryan Dawkins, ‘cause he lights people up."
Best Lakers Team: Wilt's Lakers, Magic/Kareem's Lakers or Shaq/Kobe's Lakers?
"Magic/Kareem for sure."
Favorite L.A. Clipper: Elton Brand, Corey Maggette or Quentin Richardson?
Best sports magazine: Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine or Men's Digest?
"ESPN the Magazine. It's got bigger pictures."
Best men's magazine: Maxim, FHM or GQ?
"GQ. It's got bigger pictures."
Coolest X-game: surfing, snowboarding or skateboarding?
"Surfing. I like watching my man Jesse Billauer."
[Editor’s Note: Jesse Billauer, the son of U.S. MNT Chiropractor George Billauer, was a professional surfer before an accident rendered him a quadraplegic. He has since started a non-profit Foundation called Life Rolls On, dedicated to increasing awareness about spinal cord injuries within youth culture via influential action sports athletes.]
Favorite type of non-American food: Mexican, Italian or Asian (Japanese/Chinese/Thai)?
"Italian. Nothing like a good lasagna."
Best late night eats: burrito, slice or burger?
"A slice is always nice."
Best Philly steak-n-cheese: Tony Luke's, Pat's, or Geno's?
"Steve Prince's steaks. The other stuff is for tourists."