Want to speed date? Date a fast Houston Dynamo. That idea's not such a stretch with Corey Ashe on the bachelor block.
It's all part of Cruz'in for A Cure, a fundraiser and party at Drink Houston on Saturday night. The event is driven by Dynamo defender Danny Cruz's personal crusade to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) .
Cruz and the Dynamo set a goal of raising $30,000 for LLS and this night will be a major part of that push. The centerpiece of the campaign? A bachelor auction of 11 Dynamo hotties. Including Ashe.
Who should you bid on? Let CultureMap's dating personality quiz be your guide.
Ashe is one of the Dynamo's young vets, having played four seasons with the team. The 25-year-old wingman is a reliable sub and started the most games of his career in 2010. This season, he's changed things up and become a starter on defense. The compact, 5-foot-5 Virginia Beach native keeps competitors on their toes, to be sure, but what about his dates?
Ashe took time to answer all the crucial questions for CultureMap, knowing that his date time is coming.
25-year-old from Virginia Beach, Va.
Give us your idea of the perfect first date:
"Going to a nice restaurant, having nice food and getting to know the person."
What's the craziest thing you've ever done to impress a girl?
"I'm kind of the reserved, shy type. I'm not outgoing. I start as the friend and go from there."
What's your favorite date movie?
"The Ugly Truth."
If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be and why?"
"A tiger. I've got one on my chest."
If you were playing a game on a date, would you let your date win?
"No chance. I'm too competitive."
On what occasion(s) do you dance, and are you good at it?
"There has to be alcohol involved, to be honest. I'd like to think I'm a good dancer."
Who is your celebrity crush?
What's your biggest pet peeve?
"When I hold the door and people don't say thank you."
Sarah's appraisal: $3,000
There's something sexy about a guy with a tiger tattoo. That and honesty are two very appealing qualities.
Caroline's appraisal: $3,250
Corey and I share a favorite number — 26 — and I have to wonder what else could be written in the stars for us. He might not start every game, but everybody loves a reliable guy who's there when you need him.
Longtime sportswriter Chris Baldwin's appraisal: $3,500
Ashe is all speed with plenty of upside. How can you not love a 5-foot-5 guy who is shutting down some of the MLS' giants? Ashe was a pure scorer at North Carolina, but he's remade himself to get onto the field with the Dynamo and he's one of the most intriguing stories of this season so far.
The Dynamo are turning to the young and coach Dominic Kinnear clearly is gaining more and more confidence in this young veteran. If anyone can tell you stories about the transformation of this Dynamo franchise at dinner, it's Ashe. Plus, he's a left-footed player whose thrived playing on the right side (left-footers often only play on the left side in soccer). Clearly, this a guy who does whatever it takes.
Ashe would make sure you had a good time at dinner. That's what this underdog does ... surprise.