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U-17 MNT Forward Bryan Dominguez

At age 15, Bryan Dominguez is a relative newcomer to the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. But he is no stranger to the national team fold, having participated in the Under-14 National Development Program and the Under-16 Boys’ National Team. Dominguez, a feisty forward from Atlanta, has learned to keep working hard because you never know who might be up and coming. And he especially has to keep working hard if he wants to obtain his goal of playing for the U.S. at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa…

Bryan Dominguez
National Team(s): U-17 MNT, U-16 BNT, U-14 BDP
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Birthdate: 03/07/91
Height: 5’5”
Weight: 145
Club: Concord Fire U-16

In the Spotlight

1. When did you get invited into your first camp? What was your reaction?
“When I got invited into my first camp I was 14 and I was pretty happy because I was working hard and I wanted to get there. Then, I got there and I just played my game and had fun.”

2. What did you learn most in your first national team camp?
“I learned that there are a lot of good players and you always have to be working because you never know who might be behind you. That person might take your spot so you have to keep up the good work and just work hard.”

3. Where do you see yourself in five years?
“In five years? Let’s see. The next World Cup is in four years. I want to go to the World Cup. That’s where I want to see myself, playing in the World Cup. That’s my biggest goal right now is going to the World Cup or going pro.”

4. What’s your best soccer moment?
“It was getting called to Residency down in Florida. That was my best soccer moment. It was last year around December, so it was a good Christmas present also. It was nice.”

5. Who’s your favorite U.S. National Team player and why?
“Clint Dempsey. He’s so effective on the ball and every time he gets the ball he always does something good for the team. He either creates a chance or he can score, also. That’s why he’s my favorite player.”

6. What type of music do you listen to, and do you have a favorite band?
“My parents are Spanish so I like reggaeton and a little bit of rap. A favorite band? Not really.”

Do your parents listen to reggaeton, too, or is it just you?
“They don’t really care. I mean, when we’re in the car and I put on a CD, they’ll listen to it.”

7. What’s the one thing you can’t leave home without?
“Probably my toothbrush.”

8. Favorite soccer team in the world and why?
“I would say Boca Juniors. Because, as you know, Maradona used to play for them and I really like them a lot. I also got the chance to see them play, so that’s one of the reasons I like them so much. I just think they’re a good team and they’re my favorite.”

When did you get to see them?
“In the beginning of the year, like in May. We had a trip to Argentina so we got to watch them play. It was fun.”

9. Did anyone else in your family every play professionally?
“Yes. My uncle did and my mom, she played. They played soccer in their home country, Colombia. I’m not really sure what team my mom played for but my uncle played for a few different club teams. The club team that he started at was called Deportivo Cali. He also played for Once Caldas, Santa Martha, and that’s about all I remember.”

Did you go to any of his games?
“Well, when he was playing I wasn’t really born yet. But, when I was born, he was already retired but he was still playing for fun, so I went to watch him play.”

10. We heard somewhere that you grew up in Colombia? What part? How long did you live there?
“Yes, I did. Cali, from when I was months-old until I was 10. Then I came here to Atlanta.”

How did that happen that you were born here, then went back to Cali, then came back to Atlanta?
“I don’t know. It was a decision that my parents made, so, I really don’t know.”

11. If you could go out to lunch with any three people in the world, who would you choose and why?
“I would say Maradona, Ronaldinho and, probably, Ronaldo. They’re a face to soccer. Almost everybody knows about soccer because of them, because they were so good. And, well, you know Maradona, when he used to play, he was so good that soccer started getting known more all over the world. So, that’s why.”

12. If someone was visiting Atlanta for the first time, where would you suggest that they hang out or what would you suggest that they do for fun?
“There’s a restaurant called ‘Los Recuerdos,’ you can go and hang out there. You could also go to the mall. There’s a big mall called ‘Georgia Mall’ and people just go and hang out there. That’s about it.”

13. What is your favorite sport besides soccer?
“I like tennis, even though I don’t play it. I like to watch it. I like Roger Federer.”