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Raul Rivera
Height: 5-9.
Weight: 150.
Born: March 7, 1982.
Hometown: Tulare, CA.
School/Club: Visalia Suns.

National Team: Made his international debut with the U.S. Under-16 National Team on May 20, 1997 against France ... U-17: Played in all three USA games at the '99 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament ... Assisted on game-winning goal against Jamaica on July 16 in Kingston, Jamaica ... Scored two goals and dished out two assists in 12 appearances in '98 ... High School: Two year varsity starter at Tulare High School ... Freshman year scored 20 goals (State record is 21) and netted 16 goals his sophomore season ... Named Most Improved in '96 and '97 ... 1998 NSCAA All-American ... Personal: Fluent in Spanish ... Great impersonator ... Three-time State Wrestling Champion (1994, '95 and '96) in 135 lbs. weight class ... Best story-teller on team ... Plays the guitar ... Spends time with family when away from soccer.

(1) Most memorable soccer moment? Scoring winning-goal in the final of a CA tournament with my club team.
(2) Person you admire the most? Bruce Lee.
(3) Aspirations in soccer? To play professionally.
(4) Strongest trait? Speed, endurance and character.