Changing gears from the Caribbean, James Marcelin has been a consistent presence in the midfield for the Timbers in 2010. Get to know the first-year Timbers player and Haiti native in a playoff edition of A-to-Z.
A: Alter-ego – What is a superpower you wish you had?
I wish my superpower was that I could play like Frank Lampard.
B: Band – If you were in a rock band, which instrument would you play?
C: Couch potato – What is one TV show you watch every week?
Everybody Hates Chris.
D: Devious – What was your favorite prank to pull or one that was pulled on you?
When I was with the (Haiti) national team, I put toothpaste on one of my teammates’ hand. When he got up the next day, he had rubbed his hand on his face and he put toothpaste all over his face.
E: Earplugs – What was the last concert you went to?
F: Fame – If you could have a star on Hollywood’s Walk-of-Fame, who would you want yours next to?
Actress and model Gabrielle Union.
G: Goof – What’s your most embarrassing moment on the field?
When I got a red card against Minnesota this season.
H: Humble – What’s one thing you aren’t very good at?
I: Inspiration – Who did you look up to growing up?
I looked up to Manchester City’s Patrick Vieira and Peter Germain of the Haiti National Team.
J: Job – What would you do if you weren’t playing soccer?
I would be a designer and sports manager.
K: Keys – Growing up, what was your dream car? Would you own it today?
My dream is a Range Rover; I don’t have one.
L: Laboratory – If you could invent/create something, what would it be or what would it do?
It would be something to get me to a place in an instant.
M: Music – What is your favorite song on your iPod/MP3 player right now?
“Thank You Mama” by Sizzla
N: Nickname – Do you have a nickname, or is there something your teammates call you?
Vieira is my nickname … my teammates call me, James.
O: OH! – What scares you the most?
P: Pizza – What toppings are necessities?
Q: Quiet – What do you like to do to unwind?
I listen to music or think about life, family and friends.
R: Read – What was the last book you read?
S: Superstition – Do you have any pre-game rituals or game-day routines?
I like to eat fettuccini alfredo.
T: Town – How would you best describe your hometown?
The best way I can describe my hometown (St. Marc, Haiti) is that it is a very beautiful area, where young children run around playing soccer. It’s a very laid back environment.
U: Untouchable – What do you consider the most valuable in your life?
God, my mom, family and friends
V: Visitor – What’s your favorite city you’ve played in on the road during your career?
My favorite city that I have played in on the road during my career is Washington, D.C.
W: World – What’s the farthest you’ve traveled around the world?
Niger in West Africa.
X: X-ray – Have you broken any bones or had any serious injuries?
God has protected me and I’ve been lucky to not have any serious injuries.
Y: Yellow Card – What is one life lesson you learned through soccer?
Being on time
Z: Zodiac – What’s your astrological sign?