Thursday, March 8, 2012

2012 Chicago Fire "Personal" Bios

The "Personal" sections from the 2012 Chicago Fire player bios.

Involved in the Peer Helping program in high school

Enjoys playing basketball, listening to music and researching Yoruba music and culture

Loves to vacation in Northern California

Likes any movie with Denzel Washington

Biggest influence is his father

Respects Jay Jay Okocha because of his dribbling abilities and loved to watch the Nigerian National soccer team because of his heritage

Goes by the nickname J

Becoming a professional soccer player and scoring his first goal were one of his most rewarding moments

Loves the movie Gladiator

Enjoys vacationing in Israel


Grandfather played baseball for the University of Cincinnati and in the Minor League system

Enjoys playing video games, especially Call of Duty, when he is not on the soccer field

Favorite movie is Gladiator

Most influenced by his coaches at Louisville

Likes vacationing at Wilmington Beach, NC and in San Diego, CA

Favorite Chicago restaurants are Shine and The Dog Joint

Looks up to Andres Iniesta of Barcelona

Likes to listen to rap and R&B music, especially Jay-Z

Nicknamed C-Bone.

Full name is Mkhokheli Dube, but goes by Kheli

Son of Pauline Dube and is the third of her six children, all of whom still live in Zimbabwe

Majored in communications at Coastal Carolina

Also played tennis as a child

Enjoys painting and often donates his work to charity

Yoga enthusiast

Fan of all Philadelphia sports teams

Married to Zena (McNally), a former BBC presenter

Favorite player is Brazil's Roberto Carlos

Enjoys playing basketball and spending time with friends and family

Born to Jamaican parents who emigrated to the U.S., he spent much of his youth growing up near Kingston

Enjoys listening to music, shopping, and trying new restaurants

Listens to hip-hop and reggae music

Often celebrates goals by doing the “Cumbia” a popular dance form in Latin America.

Because of his name, often gets Facebook friend requests from people thinking he’s a horse jumping aficionado.

Brother Jarrett played professional basketball in Greece

Earned three letters as a power forward for the Brookwood High School basketball squad

Led the team in scoring and rebounding

Favorite meal is chicken alfredo and top Chicago restaurants are Rumba and Café Pazzo

Counts Everton and U.S. international goalkeeper Tim Howard as his positional inspiration

Majored in accounting at Elon University

Would love to vacation anywhere warm and nice

Looks up to Michael Jordan

Favorite soccer player is Lionel Messi

Favorite band is Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Met fellow Zimbabwean teammate Kheli Dube while he was at Dartmouth and Dube was with the New England Revolution

Lives with Dube and his family in Chicago

Earned a spot on the Fire’s 2012 roster while finishing his undergraduate work at Dartmouth during training camp

Nolly majored in Education at Indiana University

Majored in Psychology at Virginia Tech

Enjoys watching basketball

Favorite thing to eat is soup

Some of his favorite activities include relaxing at home, watching television, and catching up with family and friends

Listens to R&B and hip hop music

Graduated from VCU with a B.S. in sociology, which he considers his greatest accomplishment outside of soccer

Lists T.I. and Lil' Wayne among favorite musicians

Enjoys the author John Grisham

Favorite movie is "The Bourne Ultimatum"

Enjoys playing ping-pong

Admires Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o

Besides English, speaks Ghanaian dialects of Twi, Ga, Nzema, and Fante

Dominic's nickname, "The Birdman," was inspired partly by the rapper, Birdman, and partly because teammates say Oduro can'fly' on the field

Enjoys watching movies and reading books

Given the nickname Zeus

Enjoys vacationing at his family’s lake house

Favorite movie is Gladiator

Most influenced by his dad

Looks up to the historical figure, John F. Kennedy

Given the nickname D by a teammate when he was younger

Grew up following the Fire from their days at Soldier Field, Cardinal Stadium and Toyota Park

Counted Ante Razov, Peter Nowak and current head coach Frank Klopas as his favorite players

Enjoys going to the gym, watching basketball, and hanging out with friends

Loves to vacation in Mykanos, Greece

Looks up to Michael Jordan and David Beckham

Given the nickname Smiley

Enjoys playing golf, lying on the beach, reading, and traveling

Feels that winning a championship in Mexico and appearing twice in the World Cup were some of his most rewarding moments in his career

Given the nickname El Presidente by his teammates

Considers his professional debut with the Fire in 2003 as his best soccer moment

Attempts to pattern his game after former Fire captain and midfielder Chris Armas

Enjoys cycling and cooking in his free time

Favorite sports to watch outside of soccer are hockey and baseball

Loves baby back ribs and his mom’s chicken pot pie

Favorite childhood book was Where the Wild Things Are

Enjoys the film Good Will Hunting

Favorite place to vacation to is Paris, France

Nicknamed “L.P.”

Brother Mauricio currently plays with the Chicago U14 Academy team

Enjoys going to Cancun for vacation

Loves to watch the movie Step Up 3 because of all of the great dancing

Favorite soccer player is Alexis Sanchez

Nicknamed “Gonzo” and “Sega ”

Most rewarding moment of his soccer career was becoming a professional player as a member of the Fire

Was a Sociology major at VCU

Has a cat named Louis

Admires Costa Rican National Team player Gilberto Martinez and Brazilian National Team player Ronaldinho

Enjoys watching TV, playing video games and listening to music – including reggae, reggaeton and rock & roll

Favorite TV show is ESPN’s SportsCenter

Enjoys playing tennis, boating, and watching movies

Favorite place to vacation is the British Virgin Islands

Most rewarding moment in soccer was helping take his school to the final four

Favorite player is Lionel Messi

Favorite film is Along Came Polly

Nicknamed "Vito"

Helped Wauwatosa East to a Division 1 State Title in basketball in 2008

Was a member of the UW-Green Bay men's basketball team in 08-09

Cousin Jeff is a running back for Wisconsin

Majored in Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut

While in Chicago, likes eating at Portill's and Yolk

Models his game after French defenders William Gallas and Lillian Thuram

Favorite meal is barbeque beef ribs

Enjoys horror movies

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