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w/ WNT midfielder Tiffany Roberts

Anyone who knows veteran U.S. midfielder Tiffany Roberts knows that she brings the funk.  She debuted at 17 for the USA and was a member of the 1995 and 1999 Women's World Cup Teams, as well as the 1996 Olympic Team. Last year, she helped the Carolina Courage win the WUSA title and earned a spot in the U.S. pool after an almost two-year absence. The San Ramon, Calif., native is looking at a big year in her career, with a chance to make her third WWC team this summer and try to be a part of the first back-to-back titles in the WUSA. In the meantime, she pares down her list of five CDs that she would bring if stranded on a desert island.

“I had to consider CDs that you could listen to every track, where every song is good.  I wouldn't want to bring a CD that only has one song I like, even if it's my favorite song; that would be a waste.  So while these CDs contain songs that are not necessarily my favorite songs in the world, I enjoy each and every song on the CD. Here they are, in no particular order:

1.  Sade, “Lover's Rock” (Epic, 2000):
“Every song on this CD is just plain good.  This is my smooth, slow down, chill out CD that I would want to listen to when I need to relax and clear my mind, and you would be doing a lot of relaxing on desert island.  My boyfriend Tim and I really like ‘By Your Side’.  It's one of our songs.”

2.  Nelly Furtado, “Whoa Nelly” (DreamWorks, 2000):
“She has the most distinct and beautiful voice.  The album is kind of funky and has a variety of different sounds.  She has some slower songs, and some funky upbeat songs.  Because of the variety, it suits whatever mood you are in.  I don't look to the songs for much meaning, they just make me feel good.”

3. Aaliyah, “I Care 4 U” (Universal, 2002):
“R & B music is probably my favorite, so I had to include this CD.  The album is a great combination of slower songs and something with a beat. Her voice is soulful and sweet and I've been listening to her a lot more since she passed away.  It's sad she won't have another album.”

4. No Doubt, “Tragic Kindgom” (Trauma/Interscope, 1995):
“This album has some great meaning for me.  It reminds me of my freshman year in college, which for all of those who were there, was definitely memorable.  Gwen Stefani is a cool chick with some great style and she's definitely got spunk.  They have a punk sound, with a bit of ska flavor, and I love that combination.”

5. Janet Jackson, “All for You” (Virgin, 2001):
“The last one had to be a Janet Jackson album.  There are so many things I love about her.  All her music is such feel-good music.  It's upbeat, I love hip-hop, and she always has a hip-hop element in her music. Whenever I hear Janet, I always want to dance.  Whenever Janet comes on I sing along, whether it’s in the car or in my house or in the locker room.  I like to listen to her before I play.  Janet is all about fun and puts me in a really good mood, and excited to do whatever it is I'm going to do that day.  She is a definite pre-game requisite for WUSA and national team games.”


Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (Off-season MLS Pick-ups)
2) In Threes (w/ U-19 WNT goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris)
3) Desert Island Discs (w/ WNT midfielder Tiffany Roberts)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ MNT midfielder Ben Olsen)
5) Mark That Calendar (On to the Algarve...)
6) Superstar!!! (w/ WNT, U-21 WNT forward Lindsay Tarpley)
7) FAN Point/Counterpoint (Who will save the Fire in 2003?)
8) "You Don't Know Jack (Marshall)" (Algarve Cup Trivia)

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