11 Questions With Kyle Nakazawa

Sept. 4, 2008

Get to know UCLA junior midfielder Kyle Nakazawa in this week's 11 Questions. Nakazawa, who was last season's Team MVP, is a preseason first-team All-American and was named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List. He currently leads the team with two assists and was the team and Pac-10 leader in assists a year ago with seven. Nakazawa has started all 47 games in his career and has totaled 21 caps with U.S. Youth National Teams.

1. You've done a lot of traveling during your soccer career. Where was the most difficult place to play and the most enjoyable place?
Costa Rica was probably the most difficult place to play. We were there for the U17 World Cup qualifying, and our last game was against the home team, Costa Rica. We had to win in order to automatically qualify for the World Cup. Several thousand fans were chanting and throwing things at us. The most enjoyable place to play was probably Peru, which was the location of our U17 World Cup. Everyone in the small towns we played in attended the games, which made for awesome game atmospheres.

2. What has been your most memorable moment at UCLA so far?
Playing for UCLA's 100th NCAA championship in the NCAA finals my freshman year against UC Santa Barbara.

3. What is your specialty in the kitchen?
Fajitas with my ole lady

4. If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
To have gills so I could breathe underwater

5. When I was a kid, I wanted to be ...
A fireman

6. What is the best thing about UCLA?
The free Muscle Milk

7. Rumor has it that Mike Zaher beat you out for the lead role in that JoJo video (Too Little, Too Late). How did you handle that casting rejection, and have you ruled out acting in the future?
Yeah, you know, it was during a time when I was focused on my studies, and it wasn't a great time to be doing MTV music videos. I'm just waiting for bigger and better acting opportunities.

8. I can't live without ...
My girlfriend

9. Who is your favorite athlete in another sport?
Tiger Woods

10. Which of these reality shows would you be on - American Idol, So You Think You can Dance, Amazing Race, Survivor or The Bachelor?
Survivor because I am a samurai warrior

11. Name your UCLA All-Time Starting XI
Goalie: Eric Reed
Backs: Danny Suits, Brad Rusin, Andy Rose, Greg Folk
Midfield: Kiel McClung, Ryan Futagaki, Kyle Nakazawa
Forwards: Jason Leopoldo, Maxwell Griffin, David Estrada

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