The Dynamo Dating Game
Cougar bait: Dynamo defender Jordan Graye digs older babes
Are looking for a Houston Dynamo that loves and respects older women? Jordan Graye just may be your soccer hunk.
The 23-year-old Graye is not afraid of dating outside of his age bracket. Want to find out more? Head to Drink Houston on Saturday night for Cruz'in for A Cure, a fundraiser and party organized by Dynamo defender Danny Cruz 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 is the major fundraiser in that push. The centerpiece of the campaign? A bachelor auction of 11 Dynamo hotties. Including Graye.
Who should you bid on among the 11? Let CultureMap's dating personality quiz be your guide.
Is it us, or does defender Jordan Graye look a little like a young Barack Obama? The two have a city in common, since Graye is a D.C. native. Graye's athletic ability (on display in his seasons at the University of North Carolina) and his quiet intensity make him a hot prospect to watch.
He took time to answer all the crucial questions for CultureMap in anticipation of being auctioned off for a date.
23 years old from Washington, D.C.
Give us your idea of a perfect first date:
"I'm pretty basic. Probably do dinner, drop her off, go out with my friends and invite her out."
What's the craziest thing you've ever done to impress a woman?
"Probably write her poetry."
Do you believe in love at first sight?
What's your favorite date movie?
"I can't really think of anything specific, but definitely a comedy. I like to laugh on a first date."
If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
"A dolphin, because they're really fast and I like to go pretty fast."
If you were playing a game (like bowling) on a date, would you let your date win?
"No. I'm really bad at bowling, though, so she'd probably beat me."
On what occasions do you dance, and are you any good at it?
"I won't say I'm good at dancing, but I definitely like to dance when I go out. Get a few drinks in me and I'm good to go."
Who is your biggest celebrity crush?
"Probably Halle Berry."
Do you open doors for women?
"I wouldn't go out of my way, but if girls are coming, I definitely would hold the door open."
Give us your best pick-up line:
"I don't think I've ever used a pick-up line. I think that's pretty good."
What's your most annoying habit?
"Probably video games. I wouldn't say I'm a gamer, but I definitely like to do it, even when the girls are around."
What's your biggest pet peeve?
"Oh, I have a lot of those. Definitely when people say 'what' when they heard what I said. That's one of my pet peeves."
Sarah Rufca's appraisal: $2,600
I too would be a dolphin if I was an animal. And that just says it all, doesn't it?
Caroline Gallay's appraisal: $1,000
This young man clearly has some catching up to do from his UNC days. Meeting up after you're already out went out of style back in college, and opening doors is a prerequisite to romance.
Longtime sportswriter Chris Baldwin's appraisal: $600
Graye's been tagged as a soccer up-and-comer from a young age. As a teenager, he attended MLS power D.C. United's academy and played for the US-16 National Team. D.C. United still thought enough of Graye to draft their homegrown talent coming out of North Carolina and Graye played a ton as a rookie.
Since then ... well, it's been more of a struggle. He's already been on three MLS teams in his young career and he has yet to find a clear role with the Dynamo. The question is whether Graye peaked early or still has better days ahead of him. It's something to talk about during dinner. But maybe, you want to debate video games instead.
On a side note, you have to love how many of these young Dynamo still drool over the 44-year-old Halle Berry. Graye deserves some credit for respecting his hot elders. And with this auction sure to draw some "cougars", maybe that's what matters most.