Houston's Mr. Big? Putting a price on Mike Chabala, a Dynamo with hair flair
Want to get up close and personal with your favorite Houston Dynamo player? Head to Drink Houston on April 30th for Cruz'in for A Cure, a fundraiser and party organized by Dynamo player Danny Cruz to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Best of all, the night will include a bachelor auction of 11 Dynamo hotties. Who should you bid on? Let CultureMap's dating personality quiz be your guide.
In Working Girl, Melanie Griffith tells Harrison Ford she's got a mind for business and a body built for sin. That's one way to describe Dynamo defender Mike Chabala, a 26-year-old team veteran who graduated early from the University of Washington with a degree in economics — he even interned at Pacific Capital during college. With his smarts, smooth moves — and oh, that hair — could he be the date for you?
Chabala took time to answer all the important questions for CultureMap after Tuesday's practice.
26 years old from Fresno, Calif.
Idea of a perfect date:
"Dinner, drinks, dancing — you can't really go wrong with that."
Do you believe in love at first sight?
If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?
"Lion. King of the jungle."
Who's your celebrity crush?
"It used to be Gwyneth Paltrow, but I've moved on to Taylor Swift."
Do you open doors for women?
Favorite make-out music:
"It's gotta be some old school hip-hop or something R&B."
Give us your best pick-up line:
"Hi, I'm Mike Chabala."
Sarah's appraisal: $4,800
Hmmm, he's cute, he's smart, he dances, and he watches The Notebook? Chabala is either a dream date or smart enough to know what women want. Either way, he gets big points for being interesting, but this smooth operator (his teammates call him "Hollywood") has one significant drawback — a girlfriend.
Caroline's appraisal: $4,995
I've crushed on him since he was a rookie (I think it's that Cali surfer-boy shag) but he loses value for taking so long to accept my Facebook friend request. Kidding, kind of. (Call me).
Longtime sportswriter Chris Baldwin's appraisal: $1,600
Let's keep a little perspective and shift things to the playing field. Sure Chabala has hair to envy, but he's not a full-time starter. Chabala's sort of streaky and is that what you're looking for? Though his lessons in perseverance might be invaluable (Chabala really fought to get where he is). There is no way he should go for more than Geoff Cameron, breakout rookie Will Bruin or arguably even speedster Corey Ashe, who are all in this auction, from a sports perspective. And isn't that what it's all about.
Who doesn't want to debate the 4-4-2 vs. the 4-3-3 formation at dinner?