The Dynamo Dating Game
Houston's Charlie Sheen: Geoff Cameron thinks like a shark and can't get enoughof "winning"
Getting up close and personal with your favorite Houston Dynamo player is no impossible task.
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.
Who should you bid on? Let CultureMap's dating personality quiz be your guide.
Brash and competitive, midfielder Geoff Cameron has all the hallmarks of a professional athlete and the casual swagger of a Yankee. (He's from the same state as a cast member from Jersey Shore. Just sayin'.) Since exploding onto the professional soccer world in 2008 (he was a finalist for MLS Rookie of the Year) Cameron has been an explosive force for the Dynamo. But is he date material?
Cameron took time to answer all the crucial questions for CultureMap in anticipation of being auctioned off.
25 years old from Attleboro, Rhode Island.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
What Sex and the City character do you identify with?
"Neither. I don't watch Sex and the City. That's the correct answer."
If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?
"Definitely a shark. 100 percent. I would own the ocean."
Who's your celebrity crush?
"Eva Mendes. My girl will yell at me for that, though."
Do you open doors for women?
"Yes. Sometimes. Occasionally."
What's your favorite date movie:
"The Ugly Truth. No, I'm kidding, that was horrible. The Notebook."
On what occasions do you dance? Are you good?
"All the time. It's in the blood."
Give us your best pick-up line:
"Is your dad a juice maker? Because you're berry fine."
Sarah's appraisal: $1,500
Geoff is a funny guy, especially when he's laughing at himself a little bit, but I prefer my dates not to worship at the altar of Charlie Sheen.
Caroline's appraisal: $1,250
I'll say this much: In the event that a door didn't get opened, I'd be the dolphin to Cameron's shark.
Longtime sportswriter Chris Baldwin's appraisal: $5,000
If you're going to drop some serious cash on a dinner with a Dynamo, why not spend it on a star? Cameron made the MLS All-Star team in his first year as a full-time starter in 2009. He's still, in some ways, getting back into form after a devastating knee injury cost him almost four months of last season and he changed to yet another new position this season, but he always seems to get it done in the end.
Sure, Sarah and Caroline might be a little putt off by Cameron's apparent cockiness, but you don't make the journey Cameron has without some serious self belief. Not many people thought he'd ever be a soccer star. He didn't get drafted until the third round of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft and he wasn't expected to do much once he made the team. Instead, he scored a last-minute goal as a sub in his first home game and there was soon no keeping him out of the lineup.
Still, even in his all-star season, he made only $34,650 a year — the league minimum — before signing an extension through 2014. Cameron's fought to get everything he has. There's a lot of Tom Brady in this story.
So, yes he projects supreme confidence. And yes, he warrants at least an extra $500 bid for answering that ridiculous Sex in the City question perfectly. The Notebook love on the other hand ... well, every self-made star has at least one inexplicable fault.