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In a span of just a few months, this Serbian centre back has steadily built quite a resume for a 22-year old.

After earning his first cap for the Serbia men’s national team earlier this year, Ranko Veselinović added a new career milestone last Sunday – opening his MLS account when he headed in the ‘Caps equalizer in the 1-1 draw at LA Galaxy.

In this week’s edition of Quality Time, presented by GE Appliances, we get to know one of the most promising young defenders in MLS.

What’s your home country known for?

Serbia is known for their athletes like Novak Djokovic and Nikola Jokić, and the Exit music festival and our good food.

What do you love most about Vancouver? 

The Vancouver Whitecaps.

Who’s one celebrity you’d most like to meet?

Leo Messi.

If you had to swap places with a teammate for a day, who would you choose?

Cavallini.

There’s a zombie apocalypse and you can choose three teammates to help you survive it. Who are you picking?

Erik Godoy, Jake Nerwinski and Janio Bikel.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Teleporting.

Describe your dream home.

Somewhere on the beach – I love being under the sun.

What do you think you will do once your playing days are over?

I would love to be a coach but I’ve got lots of time.

What’s your favourite genre of music?

Pop.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

To believe in myself.

When you’re not in your uniform, what do you dress like?

Something casual - sometimes sweater or jeans and a tee shirt.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

I go to the bathroom.

Describe the worst haircut you’ve ever had.

Shaved down and ended up bald.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chicken in gorgonzola sauce.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

A Kid from Novi Sad.

What’s the quirkiest thing about you?

I like to get stupid around my friends.

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