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Video is where it's at for Beard

Updated: October 20, 2008, 12:50 PM ET
By Mike Grimala | ESPNRISE.com

[+] EnlargeJosh Beard
Ross DettmanJosh Beard knows soccer -- and music videos.

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Schaumburg (Ill.) senior Josh Beard is one of the nation's most versatile soccer players, and his versatility is also evident in his musical taste. From crunk to power pop to tween rock, Beard takes us through his five favorite music videos.

1. Miley Cyrus -- "7 Things"
"Our team was always singing this during the preseason. It's kind of an inside joke for us now."

2. Kanye West -- "Diamonds from Sierra Leone"
"He's my favorite rapper, and this is one of his most meaningful songs."

3. Lil Wayne -- "Mili"
"He's got spectacular flow. This one really pumps me up."

4. Rage Against the Machine -- "How I Could Just Kill A Man"
"The live video with Cypress Hill is awesome. That's my favorite version of the song."

5. Third Eye Blind -- "Semi-Charmed Life"
"They're my favorite band, and this is one of the first videos I ever remember seeing. It really got me into them, and now I love them."

Mike Grimala is an associate editor for ESPNHS. Follow him on Twitter at @MGrimalaESPN »