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5 Minutes with ... Tyler Deric

Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric, the first home-grown player ever signed from the Dynamo Academy, took some time to answer some questions for HoustonDynamo.com to let Dynamo fans get to know him a little better.

HD: What do you like to do in your free time?

TD: I’m a big movie guy. With my day off yesterday, I watched four movies. I also like to hang out with friends and am currently building a deck.

HD: What type of movies do you like?

TD: All kinds. Yesterday I watched Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Waterboy, Green Zone, and I saw Inception.

HD: What is your favorite thing about Houston?

TD: I’d have to say just being here with my friends and family. They are always supporting me, and that is probably my favorite part about Houston.

HD: Is there anybody you looked up to as a kid?

TD: Yeah, I’ve had a lot of father figures in my life. But family-wise, of course my mother. She was always great. And sports-wise, I have always been a fan of [German goalkeeper] Oliver Kahn and [Spanish goalkeeper] Iker Casillas. I have watched all of their YouTube videos.

HD: What type of things have you learned working with [Dynamo goalkeeper] Pat Onstad?

TD: He has been a great teacher. He points stuff out to me when I am working. He gives me advice and asks me questions. He makes me look at different scenarios in a different perspective. I really enjoy him being here.

HD: Did you ever want to do anything different when you were a kid, or was it always about being a professional soccer player?

TD: I always wanted to be a taxi driver growing up. I thought it would the coolest job to be a taxi driver – just driving around and meeting a lot of different people. I thought that would be the coolest thing, being a taxi driver.