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RISING STAR: FC Dallas academy's London Woodberry
by Joe Addison, August 22nd, 2008 9AM
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FC Dallas has thrown its hat into the competitive world of North Texas youth soccer. The MLS club will have entrants in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy when Texas clubs are added in 2008-09. One of the most promising players is London Woodberry, nephew of former MISL star Terry Woodberry. London Woodberry scored 38 goals as a junior at McKinney High School and is reported to have made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Maryland.
Birthdate: May 28, 1991
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Youth club: U-18 FC Dallas Academy team. I used to play for FC Dallas (no affiliation to the MLS club).
High school: McKinney High School. I have one more year left there.
Position: In high school, I play as a forward, but for club, I play as a right back. I don't have a favorite position.
First soccer memory: At a practice when I was 4, I remember not being that good, so I would let everyone cut it front of me during drills. That way, I didn't get the chance to mess up.
Strengths: I'm pretty quick and my size helps me out.
Weaknesses: I can improve all around. I just want to keep getting better.
Highlight: In the Dallas Cup in 2007, when I was playing for my old club team we beat the favorites to get to the quarterfinals.
Lowlight: Injuries have been the worst part for me. I recently had a deep bone bruise and missed two months.
Who do you play like? A right-footed Ashley Cole.
Other sports: I played basketball in middle school.
Academic interests: I want to study something in the business field.
Volunteering: I volunteer at a local kid's camp. Sometimes, we play soccer with them. I really enjoy it.
Role models: My uncle [Terry Woodberry]. He was drafted by the Kansas City Wizards and also played for the Dallas Sidekicks. He has been involved with my development as a soccer player and he always told me that I would be a better play than him. That's what I'm trying to do.
Memorable advice: Just to enjoy it while you're out there but to always keep your head in the game because you never know who's in the stands watching you.
Favorite teams: Chelsea, Germany, and Spain. I really enjoyed the Euro 2008 final.
Favorite players: John Terry and Didier Drogba.
Favorite show: Rob and Big
Favorite movie: Superbad
Favorite reading: Eurosport
Favorite music: Lil Wayne and Lupe Fiasco
Craziest moment on the soccer field: Last year, I was tackled really hard, and my pants actually fell down while I was on the field.

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