Frankie Hejduk

U.S. National Team: One of the fastest players on the National Team, creating many scoring opportunities from the wing ... Selected as one of U.S. Soccer’s three overage players, part of his second Olympic team after appearing for Bruce Arena’s squad at the 1996 Atlanta games ... 2000: Scored once in five defensive appearances for the U.S. through July 16, against Mexico in the Nike U.S. Cup 2000 ... 1999: A member of the bronze medal-winning squad at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico ... Adjusted to play either as a wide midfielder or a fourth defender ... Scored two goals on the year, both during Nike U.S. Cup ’99; netted a late header against Guatemala and found the target against Mexico two days later in San Diego ... 1998: One of the biggest surprise stories on the U.S. World Cup Team, he went from borderline National Team pool player to starting in two of the USA’s three games in the 1998 World Cup ... Scored the winning goal and had another called back in a 3-0 thrashing of Austria in Vienna ... Helped the U.S. National Team reach the finals of the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup, playing full 90 minutes in the team’s historic 1-0 victory over Brazil ... 1997: Played in two of three U.S. Cup ’97 games ... 1996: In his first international start he scored the game-tying goal for the USA in a 2-2 tie with Guatemala in World Cup qualifying on Dec. 21, 1996 ... A member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic soccer team that finished ninth at the Centennial Olympic Games, playing every minute for the U.S. ... Scored a goal and added an assist in 2-1 U.S. Olympic Team win over Denmark in La Jolla, California, played 10 minutes away from his home ... Started all seven games on pre-Olympic tour, missing only 58 minutes of playing time ... Added to the U.S. National Team’s 1996 Gold Cup roster after Ernie Stewart was dropped due to injury ... 1995: Played full-time with the Under-23 National Team from Oct. 1, 1995 until the end of the Olympics ... 1990: Member of the U.S. U-17 National Team in 1990 ... First Appearance: Aug. 30, 1996, vs. El Salvador ... First Goal: Dec. 21, 1996, vs. Guatemala.

Professional: Signed a three-year guaranteed contract with Bayer Leverkusen immediately after the 1998 World Cup, leaving MLS at the conclusion of the 1998 regular season ... 1999-2000: Appeared in 5 of 6 Champions League games for Bayer Leverkusen, including three starts ... Twice earned Man of the Match honors in UEFA Champions League play for (Sept. 15 vs. Lazio and Nov. 2 vs. Maribor) ... Had appeared in six Bundesliga league matches and one German Cup match (all as a substitute) before the winter break ... 1998-99: Did not appear in any Bundesliga games for Bayer Leverkusen in the first half of the 1998-99 season, but starred for the team’s developmental third division club and worked his way onto the team’s active roster by January 1999 ... Was selected to travel with the club’s first team on a South American tour in January 1999 as part of the team’s winter break ... Started in 10 of the last 11 games for Bayer Leverkusen, and was named Man of the Match three times ... Scored his first goal in a 2-0 win against Vfl Bochum on May 9, 1999 ... Helped the team to a strong second place finish and a berth in the 2000 UEFA Champions League ... 1998: Appeared in 18 games for the Tampa Bay Mutiny, scoring three goals and an assist, while missing time for World Cup duty ... 1997: Had one goal and six assists in 23 appearances for the Mutiny, emerging as one of the league’s up-and-coming stars ... 1996: Tallied a goal and two assists in nine games with the Mutiny in 1996, helping the team to the Eastern Conference Finals and the league’s best regular season record ... Missed a lot of time while playing with the U.S. Olympic Team ... Drafted in the seventh round (67th overall pick) of the 1996 MLS draft by Tampa Bay.

College: NSCAA second team All-American and first-team All-Far West in 1994 ... Only defender named to the MPSF All-Federation First Team ... Tied for second on the team in 1994 with six goals, four of them coming on penalty kicks ... High School: Two-year letterman at San Dieguito High School where he earned 1989 NSCAA and U.S. AYSO Boys U-16 All-America honors for soccer ... Member of San Dieguito’s state and national championship surfing team ... 1988 National Junior High School Surfing Champion ... Qualified for the 1989 U.S. Amateur Surfing Team by finishing 10th overall ... Club: His youth team, the La Jolla Nomads, beat the Peruvian National Team in the 1989 Dallas Cup .. Also part of the Nomads 1989, 1990 and 1991 state championships.

Personal: Enjoys surfing and playing golf ... Last name is pronounced "HAY-duck" ... After scoring, he breaks out into an outrageous Bob Marley reggae dance, one of his idols ... Favorite soccer team is Boca Juniors ... Favorite player is Claudio Cannigia ... Favorite non-soccer team is the San Diego Chargers ... Favorite vacation spot is Jamaica ... Likes Bob Marley’s music ... Married in 1997 to Kim, and are proud parents of Frankie Nesta, born Feb. 25, 1998, the same day his U.S. teammates played Belgium in Brussels ... Proposed marriage in knee deep water in San Diego surf, with Kim in one arm and surf board in the other.