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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 U.S. midfield Chris Klein as he picks one of three choices for 25 questions about personal tastes and pop culture.

He says it himself below, "I’m a Midwest kinda guy." That response can be traced to his roots of growing up in St. Louis, Mo., going to college at Indiana University, and beginning his professional soccer career in 1998 with the Kansas City Wizards. In St. Louis, he was the city’s Player of the Year, as well as an All-State and
Parade All-American selection as a senior in 1993. At Indiana, he helped lead the Hoosiers to a 23-0 record and the NCAA Final Four before falling to eventual champion UCLA as a senior in 1997. Since then, he’s been across his home state in K.C., where he’s been a steady contributor for the Wizards with a total of 28 goals and 28 assists across the last five seasons. That steady production has raised the eyebrows of U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena, and Klein has earned eight caps across the past couple years, including an appearance in the team’s opening 1-1 draw with Denmark on Jan. 18 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Personal:
Best U.S. city: L.A., N.Y.C. or Chicago?
"Chicago. I'm a Midwest kinda guy."

Best Midwest city: Bloomington, Ind., Kansas City, or St. Louis?
"What are you trying to do to me? Bloomington is the best college town. St. Louis is the best place to grow up. Kansas City Wizards."

Best weekend hangout spot in K.C.: Westport, the Country Club Plaza or downtown?
"The Plaza. They have the best restaurants. I'm not much for the bar scene."

Best tourist attraction in K.C.: Nelson Art Museum, 18th&Vine (Jazz museum and Negro League Baseball museum), or "the boats" (Riverboat casinos)?
"Arrowhead Stadium."

Worse haircut: mohawk, mullet or bowl cut?
"Definitely the mullet. (K.C. Wizards forward) Dario Fabbro's mullet is a disaster. The bowl cut is a close second."

Best date activity: Movie, Theatre, or Comedy Club?
"Movie. My wife and I love to go the movies, although they are few and far between after you have kids."

Best way to relax: see a movie, hit the mall or read?
"I'm going with reading. There's nothing like sitting down with a good book. Right now I'm on Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown. He also wrote The Da Vinci Code."

Movies:
Favorite movie of 2003: "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King," "Pirates of the Caribbean" or "Finding Nemo"?
"‘Finding Nemo.’ I have a two-year-old, so I've seen it 150 times."

Worst movie of 2003: "Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle," "2 Fast 2 Furious" or "Gigli"?
"All three. I chose not to see any of them."

Favorite character from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy: Aragorn, the Elf guy or the dwarf with the axe?
"Aragorn, because I thought he was the most courageous. "

Funniest comedic lead: Jack Black, Will Ferrell or Ben Stiller?
"Tough one. I'm going with Will Ferrell. I loved him on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and he was hysterical in ‘Old School.’"

Coolest veteran actor: Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino or Robert Redford?
"Man, these are tough. If it's coolest, you have to go with Pacino. His voice sets him apart."

Music:
Favorite fake blonde MTV pop star: Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera or Madonna?
"None of the above. Not my type of women."

Favorite type of rock music: Classic rock, "Modern" rock or Rap rock?
"Alternative. Dave Matthews Band is my favorite band."

Country music: classic, comforting, or corny?
"Classic. I like pretty much all kinds of country music. Tim McGraw. Toby Keith. A little Dixie Chicks now and again."

Sports & Leisure:
Favorite K.C. sports team other than the Wizards: Comets, Chiefs or Royals?
"Royals. You always have to pull for the underdog."

Biggest K.C. sports figure: George Brett, Tom Watson, or Priest Holmes:
"George Brett. Whenever you get your own statue, you're automatically the biggest."

Best Wizards player of all-time: "Digital" Takawira, Preki or Mark Chung?
"Preki. Hands down--the best MLS player of all-time."

Best sports read: SI, ESPN The Mag or The Kansas City Star?
"The Kansas City Star. I like the local coverage."

Coolest X-game: surfing, snowboarding or skateboarding?
"Snowboarding. I like the mountains."

Food:
Best K.C. BBQ: Arthur Bryant's, Gates or Smokestack?
"Oklahoma Joe's. It's one of the originals. But they're all pretty good."

Favorite cut of steak: T-bone, Filet or K.C. Strip?
"Filet, for sure."

Favorite type of non-American food: Mexican, Italian or Chinese/Asian?
"Mexican. There's a place in Kansas City called the Cactus Grille that serves great fajitas and burritos."

Best late night food: burrito, slice or gyro?
"Pizza. It's my favorite food of all time."

Best American-invented condiment: ketchup, ranch dressing or spray butter?
"Ranch. I put it on everything."

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Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder [The U-23 Class of 2000: Then and Now]
2) In Threes [w/ MNT midfielder Chris Klein]
3) Making it in the Show [w/ U-23 MNT midfielder David Testo]
4) Queries & Anecdotes [w/ U-23 MNT forward Conor Casey]
5) Mark that Calendar [U-23 MNT vs. Group A – 2004 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying / Live on MatchTracker]
6) Superstar!!! [w/ WNT defender Heather Mitts]
7) Point/Counterpoint [Who will be the Breakout Players for U.S. Soccer in 2004?]
8) You Don't Know Jack (Marshall) [General U-23/Men’s Olympic Trivia]

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