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Nelson Akwari
Height: 5-11.
Weight: 180.
Born: February 4, 1982.
Hometown: Houston, TX.
School/Club: Texans.

National Team: Made his international debut with the U.S. Under-16 National Team against France on May 20, 1997. U-23: Made his international debut for the U.S. U-23 National Team against Jamaica on July 29, 1999 at the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, Canada ... Finished third earning the bronze medal at the '99 Pan Am Games ... U-17: One of only three players to play every minute during the USA's qualification tournament for the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship ... Co-captain of the U-17 squad ... Scored his second international goal against El Salvador on May 9 ... Both of his goals have come off corner-kicks and both were headers ... Named Best Defensive Player at the Salerno Tournament (Italy) in May 1998 ... Scored his first international goal in Salerno, Italy in the USA's 2-3 loss to Russia ... Played in 24 international matches with the U-17s in '98 ... Made his first international appearance as a member of the U-17 national team against Mexico, on February 13, 1998 ... High School: Named to the 1999 Parade Magazine High School All-American Team ... Selected 1998 NSCAA Youth All-American ... Won the Texas high school state championship in '98 ... Recipient of the 1998 Texas High School Player of the Year award ... Personal: 1999 Sports Illustrated/Old Spice October Athlete of the Month ... Has won the Texas state championship for five consecutive years with his club team Houston Texans Member of the National Honor Society ... Received the Most Improved GPA award his sophomore year at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory ... Kicked the longest freshman field goal, 44 yards, on record at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory ... Father, Bill, played soccer at University of Southern California ... Full name is Nelson Ndukwe Akwari.

(1) Describe how it feels to play for your country? Can only be described as the best feeling in the world.
(2) What professional soccer player do you admire the most? Nwankwo Kanu.
(3) What do you know about the World Championship? It is the biggest youth tournament in the world.
(4) What has been the biggest sacrifice in your life? Moving away from home to come to Florida.
(5) Most memorable soccer moment? My first international goal against Russia in Italy
(6) Person you admire the most? Jesus Christ
(7) Aspirations in soccer? To play and start for the U.S. Men's National Team in the World Cup
(8) Strongest trait? Leadership and honesty