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w/ U-21 WNT midfielder Aly Wagner

Life on the road with the U.S. Women's National Team features intense training sandwiched around hours of down time.  One of the most popular time-fillers for the national team players is movies, and no one in the national team pool loves her movies more than midfielder Aly Wagner, the U.S. Soccer Chevrolet Young Female Athlete of the Year in 2000.

One of the most talented midfielders of Generation Y, her silky smooth skills and uncanny passing ability, not too mention a knack for scoring goals from the midfield, will make her one of the most desired players in the 2003 WUSA Draft.  Busy with school and soccer this fall, the junior midfielder for the Santa Clara Broncos didn't fill her usual movie quota, but of what she saw, this is what she liked in 2001:

#1 - "Moulin Rouge"
"My top film of the year was, without a doubt, ‘Moulin Rouge.'  It's a love story, and those who know me, know I love a love story.  The cinematography was excellent, and it was very well directed.  There were scenes that were quirky and funny, but not so over the top that you were asking yourself what the director was trying to accomplish. The change of pace of the scenes kept you involved, and I liked the modern feel to it even though it was set in Paris during 1890.  The acting was quality, and I love that Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor did their own singing."

#2 - "Legally Blonde"
"Definitely cute and funny, but obviously not a masterpiece in terms of storyline or directing. Well worth the 8 bucks and the two hours. Definitely two thumbs up for a rental.  Reese Witherspoon is pretty much awesome in everything she does."

#3 - "Novocaine"
"A dark comedy, which is not really my style, but for those of you who love Steve Martin, it's another quality flick in his long line of great work.  If you saw ‘Fight Club,' Helena Bonham Carter plays a similar role and carries the movie along with Steve Martin.  James Caan's son, Scott, lives up to his dad's reputation of being able to play a bad boy.  If you are looking for something different and disturbingly funny, this is for you."

#4 - "Ocean's Eleven"
"Oh... my gosh, where to begin.  We got Brad Pitt, Julie Roberts, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Scott Caan, Casey Affleck and even an oldie but a goodie, Elliot Gould.  Okay, I haven't seen it yet, but how could you have a movie with Brad Pitt not be worth watching?  Although I heard he had to wear lifts in his shoes because he's only 5-foot-7.  I'm a little disappointed Bradley, as usually 6-feet is my limit, but I'll make an exception for you."

#5 - "A Knight's Tale"
"Two words: Heath Ledger."


Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (Dissecting the 2002 World Cup Final Draw)
2) All I Want for Christmas... (w/ U.S. National Teams staff and players)
3) At the Movies (w/ U-21 WNT midfielder Aly Wagner)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ MNT midfielder Chris Armas)
5) Making it to the Show (w/ U-17 MNT forward Ed Johnson)
6) Superstar!!! (w/ WNT forward Cindy Parlow)
7) Mark That Calendar (MNT vs. South Korea -- Dec. 9)
8) Point-Counterpoint (w/ coaches Bruce Arena and Bob Gansler)
9) From the Bleachers (w/ U.S. Soccer fan Dave Brett Wasser)
10) "You Don't Know Jack (Marshall)" (College Soccer Trivia)

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