CLUB: FC Dallas
YOUTH CLUB: Dallas Texans
INTERNATIONAL: United States U-17s, U-20s.
STARTING OUT: My parents put me into it when I was 4 years old. I played baseball and basketball but these sports didn't interest me as much as soccer.
EARLY SOCCER MEMORY: I just remember how much fun it was. I loved playing every day and getting better.
FIRST CLEATS: I don't remember. But, I do remember when I got my first pair of Adidas Predators. I was so excited to wear them. I couldn't wait for the next game.
CURRENT CLEATS: Adidas Predators.
OTHER SPORTS: Baseball and basketball were when I was younger. I also kicked for football in high school.
FAVORITE TEAMS: Dallas Cowboys and Barcelona.
FAVORITE PLAYER: Lionel Messi.
FAVORITE MOVIES: I like all kinds, especially comedies.
FAVORITE ACTOR: Robert De Niro.
FAVORITE ACTRESS: Angelina Jolie
FAVORITE TV SHOW: "Seinfeld."
LIVING SITUATION: I live with A.J. DeLaGarza. We were roommates at Maryland, too.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: I see a lot of people doing well. Rodney [Wallace] and Chris [Pontius] are doing well in with D.C. United. [Steve] Zakuani is doing well in Seattle. I don't know who's going to win. I'm just happy my name is even being mentioned. It could go any way.
MLS EXPERIENCE: It couldn't be any better. We have a lot of veterans on our team that have been around for a long time. I'm getting a lot of playing time. I'm learning a lot from the veterans. Living in LA is the perfect life. The weather is great. It couldn't be better.
COLLEGE: If I hadn't gone to Maryland, I wouldn't be where I am now. Maryland was a great school. I grew up a lot when I was there. I credit Maryland for making me the player I am today.
MOST INFLUENTIAL COACH: I have two, my Dallas Texans coach, Marcio Leite and Sasho Cirovski from Maryland.
MEMORABLE COACHING ADVICE (from youth coach): The main thing is don't worry about things you can't control. Also, have a short memory. You have to forget about things quickly.
HOBBIES: I'm learning to play the guitar. I also like going to the beach and hanging out with the guys.
MUSIC: I like country but I listen to everything.
READING: I'm not reading anything right now. I'm waiting for Dan Brown's next book to come out.
VACATION: I've always wanted to go somewhere tropical like the Bahamas.
FAMOUS PEOPLE YOU'D INVITE TO DINNER: I don't know. It would be great to meet whoever, you know?