Brian Ching's Preseason Interval Routine
1. Crank the StairMaster up to its highest setting and "sprint" for one minute.
2. Bring it down to a really slow level for two minutes.
3. Repeat seven more times, for a total of 24 minutes or eight sprints.
Forward, Houston Dynamo
If you live anywhere near Houston, you're probably familiar with the Dynamo's leading scorer. The 31-year-old has his own sports segment on a local TV station, Kickin' It with Brian Ching, on which he offers up advice on everything from becoming a professional soccer player to why you should befriend the StairMaster. While Ching enjoys the fame soccer has brought him, it wasn't exactly what he expected. "I would rather have been a professional surfer," says Ching, who grew up on the North Shore of Oahu, "but I needed a scholarship to go to college."
Defender, Chivas USA
Every serious athlete has pregame
Goalie, D.C. United
Perkins isn't your average soccer player. For starters, because he's a goalie, he needs to focus more on anaerobic strength and less on endurance. He's also a trained mortgage-loan processor, making him the only guy on the U.S. team who knows the difference between an option ARM mortgage and a swing loan. "Goalies can usually play until they're around 40, so you have to think about a job after retirement," says the 28-year-old from Springfield, Ohio. And then there's his austere pregame routine, which entails shutting off all electronics and not talking to anyone for 24 hours. "I'm a miserable person to be around," he says, laughing. "My wife hates it."