Know a Newcomer: Ata Ozbay


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With five newcomers joining the Wisconsin mens soccer team this fall, UWBadgers.com took the time to get to know the new Badgers in time for the start of the 2009 season. Today we meet freshman forward athid=66140&deptid=122"> --> Ata Ozbay of Barrington, Ill.


Why Wisconsin
Elite Big Ten school academically and athletically. Fabulous coaching staff.

What are you expecting out of your first season at UW
Nothing less than a World Cup championship, ha ha ha. But, in all seriousness, I expect to win the Big Ten championship.

What goals do you have for the upcoming season
To be a team player and contribute with about 40 goals. Again, Im kidding. Im hoping to score a few goals and get a few assists.

How did you spend your summer
Mentally preparing for this season by watching hundreds of movies. This time Im serious.

What is the strongest part of your game
Going 1v1 against defenders, counter attacks, chipping the keeper.

What is your favorite thing about Madison
Having the need for a moped.

What are your pregame rituals
Making sure I have a black hair-tie on my left wrist.

Outside of soccer, what is your best talent
Dominating in FIFA Soccer on XBOX 360.

Favorite food: Chipotle

Favorite band/artist: Kanye West

Favorite movie: "Super Troopers"

Favorite TV show: "Entourage" and "Burn Notice"

Favorite pro athlete: LeBron James

Best song to listen to before a game: Swagger Like Us by Kanye, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, & T.I.

Best sports memory: Winning the state championship in high school soccer in 2007

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