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w/ WNT forward Shannon MacMillan

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. Normally, "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, but being December, this month’s questions are about all things holidays.

Prepare for launch. Ten, nine, eight …three, two, one. LIFTOFF!!! (Do you see where I’m going with this?) That’s right, Shannon MacMillan EXPLODED this year, scoring an all-time career high and a team-leading 17 goals to go along with three assists in 2002. She got off to a roaring start with three goals and three assists in a 7-0 win over Mexico on Jan. 12 and went on to score seven of the team’s eight goals at the 2002 Algarve Cup. She’ll be looking for a repeat of last year when the team kicks off the road to the 2003 Women’s World Cup with a stop in her backyard in San Diego (nearby Escondido being her actual hometown), again on Jan. 12, for a match against Japan (live on ESPN at 1 p.m. PT). But for now, she answers our Holiday trifectas:

Best main course for holiday dinner: Turkey, Honey-baked ham or Turducken?
"Turkey, hands down."

Best Christmas movie: "A Christmas Story," "Miracle on 34th Street" or "Home Alone"?
"Home Alone. Because what kid doesn't want to take over the house?"

Worst Christmas Movie Featuring a Popular Comedian: "The Santa Clause" (w/ Tim Allen), "The Grinch" (w/ Jim Carrey) or "Scrooged" (w/ Bill Murray)?
"‘Scrooged’ was awesome. I haven't seen ‘Santa Clause,’ and if I haven't seen a movie, the trailer was probably too goofy."

Best Christmas TV Show: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman" or the original Dr. Seuss version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
"Frosty has always been my favorite. I lived in snow my first few years and I've seen pictures of myself with a snowman, but I don't remember. Frosty is just so cute."

Best Holiday Libation: Hot Cider, Champagne or Egg Nog?
"Champagne. I don't like the other two. Egg nog makes me gag."

Best Stocking Treat: Candy, Gift Certificate, Fruit?
"Are you kidding me? Candy. You can never get enough candy. Unless of course, it's a gift certificate for candy."

Worst Christmas Gift: Tube socks, dress socks or wool socks?
"Tube socks. Who wears tube socks anymore?"

Best Impersonal holiday gift: Blockbuster coupons, gift certificate from your favorite clothing store, or cold hard cash?
"Cash. There was zero thought or effort in that one."

Favorite holiday sweets: Christmas cookies, candy canes or fudge?
"Cookies, especially the peanut butter ones with the Hershey's kisses on them."

Worst Christmas Music: "Chipmunk Christmas," anything by Mannheim Steamroller or Kenny G's "Miracles: The Holiday Album"?
"Gotta go with the Chipmunks. It will give you a headache after two minutes unless you are Carli Fawcett."

Best thing to make with snow: snowman, snow angel, or snowball?
"Snowball! I have been known to launch some sneak attacks. Nobody is safe."

Best reindeer besides Rudolph: Donner, Dancer or Vixen?
"Vixen. You gotta love Vixen."

Best Christmas tree decoration: shiny tinsel, string of popcorn or Christmas lights?
"Christmas lights because my dog Kody would eat the popcorn and the tinsel messes up your vacum cleaner."

Favorite way to shop for holiday gifts: online, a month in advance or a couple days in advance?
"I'm a month-in-advance girl. The more time, the more presents. You should see the pile of presents I have for my niece and nephew."

U.S. Women’s National Team player that would make the best elf: Tiffeny Milbrett, Lorrie Fair or Heather O'Reilly?
"Heather O. because that girl bounces around constantly. She could make a lot of toys, and then she would play with them."

Biggest Christmas Villain: the Grinch, Mr. Scrooge or Bill Gates?
"There are no Christmas villains!"

Favorite Holiday decoration: Tree, wreath or mistletoe?
"Mistletoe, depending on who is in the room, but probably the tree."

New Year's Resolutions: Make ‘em and keep ‘em, Make ‘em and Break ‘em or Don’t Even Bother?
"Make ‘em and keep ‘em."

Best Way to Spend New Year’s Eve: All dressed up at a swanky function, Casual at a friend's party or In your PJ's on the couch?
"That all depends on who is on the couch next to you. Otherwise, a swanky function would be fun."

Christmas Carolers: Sweet, Annoying or Crazy to be out in the cold?
"Crazy to be out in the cold, annoying if it's during my turkey dinner. But I guess in San Diego, you can wear a long sleeve shirt during caroling and not be chilly at all."

Best guess at Mrs. Clause's first name: Cindy, Carol or Mia?
"I think it's actually Joy. Joy Fawcett is Mrs. Clause and (her husband) Walt is Santa."

Best sledding apparatus: American Flyer sled, trash can lid or inner tube?
"Trash can lid is always fun and a bit dangerous."


 Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (And the Winner Is…)
2) In Threes (w/ WNT forward Shannon MacMillan)
3) All I Want for Christmas Is… (w/ NT Staff, Players)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ MNT midfielder Chris Armas)
5) Mark That Calendar (2002 Voting Deadlines)
6) Superstar!!! (w/ U-23 MNT forward Alecko Eskandarian)
7) FAN Point/Counterpoint (Best Soccer Moment of 2002)
8) "You Don’t Know Jack (Marshall)" (Chevy AOTY trivia) 

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