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w/ Lindsay Tarpley

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.

Despite being born in Madison, Wis., and raised in Kalamazoo, Mich., this Midwestern girl, like so many other best of the best young high school soccer players, Lindsay Tarpley was drawn to North Carolina for college. Once there, she quickly made her mark among the Tar Heels’ particularly talented team, leading the team in scoring with 16 goals and 15 assists as a freshman. She stepped it up even further in 2003, pouring in 23 goals and 27 assists for the most points (73) by a Tar Heel player since one Mia Hamm.

She’s put up similar numbers for her country, scoring 24 goals in 26 internationals for the Under-19s, including the dramatic “golden goal” in the 2-1 overtime win over Canada to capture the first ever U-19 Women’s World Championship in August 2002. After making her debut with the full Women’s National Team in January 2003 in China, Tarpley walked away from the same annual tournament last month with her first three goals in just three games to help the USA win the Four Nations Tournament. The promising 20-year-old forward will be looking to make her first Olympic Team later this year with an eye on the 2007 Women’s World Cup.

Favorite place that you've lived: Madison, Wisc., Kalamazoo, Mich., or Chapel Hill, N.C.?
"I love Chapel Hill and Madison, but it's got to be Kalamazoo, mostly because that's where my boyfriend B.J. lives.  Plus, I was raised there and it's a place I love, even though my teammates always make fun of the small town, funny-named city."

Best campus in "the Triangle": Chapel Hill (UNC), Raleigh (N.C. State) or Durham (Duke)?
"Okay, as if there is any other answer?  The Hill.  I don't venture out to those other campuses."

Best Chapel Hill eatery: Pepper's Pizza, The Rathskeller or Top of the Hill?
"Top of the Hill is good, but actually The Loop is my favorite.  The BBQ chicken pizza with an Oreo milkshake, with whipped cream, is by far my favorite meal.  Sometimes I throw in a salad with raspberry dressing, too.  It's my after-game meal.  I’m getting hungry just talking about it."

Best date activity: Dinner and a movie, sporting event or comedy club?
"Dinner and a movie, because you get to eat dinner and then you get to eat popcorn.  And drink a soda.  Who can watch a movie without popcorn and a soda?  Not me."

Favorite leisure activity while on the road with the team: grab a movie, hit the mall or lay out?
"It's probably the mall, although the laying out and grabbing a movie are close behind.  To be honest, when I'm at school, I don't have much time to go to the mall, so it's nice to have some down time to shop when I'm with the national team."

Soccer & Sports:
Without looking at the roster, what is the number of players on the current Olympic Qualifying roster from UNC: 6, 7 or 8?
"Eight?  No wait.  Siri, CP, Mia, Lilly, Heather, Cat, Me.  Seven." [Editor’s Note: That is correct.]

Biggest U.S. WNT legend: Michelle Akers, Mia Hamm or Kristine Lilly?
"I didn't ever play with Michelle, and Mia is a legend period, but Kristine is just beyond words.  I can't express how lucky I feel to have got the chance to play with Mia and Kristine."

Best way to keep your hair out of your face while playing: ponytail, pigtails, or hair band?
"I have to go with the ponytail.  My mom used to try to put my hair in pigtails when I was five, and I would yank them right out.  I have gone without them since.  Sometimes I'll wear a pre-wrap hair band, but only when it's really windy."

Michigan university you feel most loyalty toward: Michigan, Michigan State or Kalamazoo's own Western Michigan?
"By far Western Michigan.  My brother goes there and he is engaged to the assistant women's soccer coach.  Plus, you've got to root for the hometown school.  Go Broncos!"

Best U.S. National Team player from the State of Michigan: Lindsay Tarpley, Kate Markgraf or Kerry Zavagnin?
"Kate Markgraf.  She just keeps getting better, and it so tough to play against her every day."

Favorite female "Friends" character: Rachel, Phoebe or Monica?
"Rachel is my favorite, but you could say Phoebe because she makes the funniest random comments, and I just might have a few things in common with her."

Most likely to replace "Friends" on NBC Thursdays: "Will & Grace," "Scrubs" or "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"?
"I don't watch much TV.  Just ‘Friends,’ so let's not talk about how upset I will be when it ends.  I think they should just keep showing re-runs in prime time."

Favorite home improvement show: "Trading Spaces," "While You Were Out" or "Clean Sweep"?
"‘While You Were Out,’ because it would be fun to have my house at school redone while I was away with the national team. Hint, hint."

Favorite MTV reality show: "Real World," "Newlyweds" or "Rich Girls"?
"Don't make fun of me, but ‘Newlyweds.’  Jessica Simpson just makes me laugh."

Favorite movie genre: action, comedy or drama?
"None of the above. I love a good love story. The last movie I saw was ‘Love Actually.’"

Funniest female actress: Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon or Sandra Bullock?
"Sandra Bullock.  I loved her in ‘Miss Congeniality.’"

Most promising young actress: Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff or the Olsen twins?
"The only way I can gauge that is that my little brother, who is 15, loves Hilary Duff.  But he also thinks the Olsen twins are pretty cute too, so that's a toughie."

Hottest young Hollywood hunk: Ashton Kutcher, Josh Hartnett or Orlando Bloom (the elf from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy)?
"One word: Orlando.  I love Legalos."

Favorite pop starlet: Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera or Britney Spears?
"I can't say I listen to Jessica Simpson's music, but I love her on her show.  All three of them probably need to put some clothes on."

Favorite singer-songwriter: Jack Johnson, John Mayer or Dave Matthews?
"Tough call.  John Mayer is great, but he makes strange faces when he sings.  Jack Johnson is legit.  Dave has been around forever.  I can't decide."

Favorite type of non-American food: Mexican, Italian or Chinese/Asian?
"Italian.  I love a good fettucini alfredo with chicken."

Best late-night food/snack: burrito, slice or gyro?
"A slice from Pepper's Pizza in Chapel Hill with chicken.  Are you seeing a chicken theme here?"

Better dessert: Cake, ice cream or pie?
"Ice cream, no ifs, ands or buts.  My favorite is Coldstone's "Mile High Mud Pie" without almonds.  It has coffee ice cream, hot fudge and graham cracker crust.  And remember, a "Love It'' is only 30 cents more than a "Like It."

Best burger-and-fry fast food: McDonald’s, Burger King or Wendy’s?
"McDonald's, because of the fries."

Best American-invented condiment: ketchup, ranch dressing or spray imitation butter?
"I don't like ranch dressing. I have to go with the old standby, ketchup."

Table of Contents

1.   Armchair Midfielder: A Look Back at “The Streak”
2.   In 3’s: WNT midfielder Lindsay Tarpley
3.   Gear Galore: New Nike MNT kit
4.   Queries & Anecdotes: MNT forward Josh Wolff 
5.   Mark That Calendar: WNT Olympic Qualifying
6.   Aly at the Oscars: WNT midfielder Aly Wagner
7.   Fan Point/Counterpoint: Top American in England?
8.   You Don’t Know Jack (Marshall): “Americans Overseas” Trivia

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