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w/ WNT forward Abby Wambach


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 Threes" 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.

Abby Wambach has been all over the place in her many years playing amateur, college, pro and international soccer. The youngest of seven children, the 23-year-old started making a name in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y., where she was a standout at the high school level and captain of the Rochester Spirit club team. Then it was off to Gainesville, Fla., where she went on to post all-time school records in goals (96), assists (49), game-winning goals (24) and hat tricks (10). So it was no surprise when she was made the second overall pick in the 2002 WUSA by the Washington Freedom, where she promptly won Rookie of the Year honors and was a key part of the team’s improbable run to the league final.

Last year was also a big year for Abby at the international level. After helping the USA to a Nordic Cup championship as an Under-21 in 2001, the 5’10" forward burst onto the scene for the full Women’s National Team with five goals and four assists in just 357 minutes of action in 2003. With a pair of serious injuries to two U.S. attackers earlier in the year, Abby now has an even better chance to make a big impact on the team’s success at the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 just two months from now. For now, she answers our rapid-fire questions about some of her favorites in life.

Personal:

Favorite place that you've lived: Rochester, N.Y., Gainesville, Fla., or D.C.?
"Gainesville, Fla., because it's where I met some of my best friends in the world."

Best area in D.C. to paint the town red: Adams Morgan, Georgetown or The Hill?
"I'd say Adams Morgan, because it's pretty diverse. You can have college kids or young professionals. People from many different walks of life end up there."

Favorite D.C. tourist attraction: Washington monument, The Smithsonian or The White House?
"The monument, because it's fun to go to The Mall and look at the stars."

Best date activity: Dinner and a movie, comedy club or meeting out for drinks?
"Dinner and a movie, but then definitely for drinks."

Favorite leisure activity while on the road with the team: grab a movie, hit the mall or lay out?
"Lay out, because I am not really big into shopping."

Soccer:

Worst male soccer player haircut: the Agoos ponytail, the Valderrama blonde afro or the 80's indoor soccer mullet (aka the "soccer rocker")?
"With the hair dilemmas I've had in the past couple of years, I have no right to comment on anyone else."

Favorite soccer kick: PK, free kick or corner kick?
"I'll go with a corner kick, because I have the most chance to score on one of those."

Biggest U.S. WNT legend: Michelle Akers, Mia Hamm or Kristine Lilly?
"They are all legends. They have all contributed more to the game of women's soccer than possibly could be measured or gauged."

Best patriotic soccer team name: Freedom, Revolution or Spirit?
"The Freedom, of course. Next question."

Second best women's team in CONCACAF: Canada, Mexico or the USA bench?
"I'll go with the USA bench, because sometimes I'm on it. Canada has a great team, but we really have some talent and depth on the USA in this era."

Tallest U.S. WNT forward: Cindy Parlow, Danielle Fotopolous or yourself?
"It's actually me. CP is listed at 5-foot-11, and I'm listed at 5-foot-10, but for some reason I think I've grown recently."

TV:

Best Thursday night NBC sitcom in re-runs: "Cheers," "Seinfeld" or "Friends"?
"‘Friends,’ because it makes me laugh. I love to laugh."

Best late night talk show: "Tonight Show," "Late Show" or "Daily Show"?
"I like the ‘Late Show.’ Dave's the most real out of all of them."

Favorite MTV reality show: "Real World," "Road Rules" or "Sorority Life"?
"‘Real World,’ for sure. I watch it religiously. I don't know enough about the Paris cast yet to form my opinions. Maybe in a few weeks."

Funniest current Thursday night NBC sitcom: "Friends," "Will & Grace" or "Scrubs"?
"It's a tie between ‘Friends’ and ‘Will & Grace.’ Nothing is funnier than ‘Friends,’ but ‘Will & Grace’ is always clever and witty."

Movies:

Favorite movie genre: action, comedy or drama?
"I'll go with drama. ‘The Hours’ was excellent. I like the dark, artsy type films."

Favorite Charlie's Angel: Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz or Lucy Liu?
"Demi Moore. She used to be an Angel."

Funniest female actress: Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon or Sandra Bullock?
"Julia Roberts. She always seems to be laughing naturally and is just great on the big screen."

Hottest young Hollywood hunk: Ashton Kutcher, Josh Hartnett or Colin Farrell?
"Colin Farrell, because he's a bad boy. And I like that accent."

Food:

Favorite type of non-American food: Mexican, Italian or Chinese/Asian?
"Mexican. I just really like spicy food. You can get some good Mexican in D.C."

Best late-night food/snack: burrito, slice or gyro?
"Burrito from Chipotle. It's not even close."

Better dessert: Cake, ice cream or pie?
"Ice cream. Cookies and Cream will always suffice."

Best burger-and-fry fast food: McDonald’s, Burger King or Wendy’s?
"I'm not big on the whole fast food thing, but if I was starving, I'd probably go for Burger King, but McDonald’s is getting healthier burgers, so it's a toss up."

Best American-invented condiment: ketchup, ranch dressing or spray imitation butter?
"Ketchup. I think it was invented for French fries."

 

Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (Dissecting the 2003 WWC Final Draw)
2) In Threes (w/ WNT forward Abby Wambach)
3) Mark That Calendar (MNT vs. Costa Rica – July 26, 8 p.m. ET – Galavison)
4) Queries & Anecdotes (w/ MNT goalkeeper Kasey Keller)
5) FAN Point/Counterpoint (Who will win the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup?)
6) "You Don’t Know Jack (Marshall)" (U.S. Gold Cup Trivia)

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