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Interview with Chivas USA rising star Marvin Iraheta ranges from bucket list to hair gel

Written by Zev Taublieb

It is only a matter of time until Marvin Iraheta makes his impact on the MLS scene. A center defensive midfielder from Sensuntepeque Cabañas, El Salvador, Iraheta has already enjoyed an incredible career at the age of 20.

In 2010, he and his family moved to the states to enjoy a better life. Spotted as a potential prospect by the New York Cosmos Academy, he was housed in Pasadena, California while his family moved to Fresno, California. In his first year he was named US Academy Player of the Year, two years later he found himself on the New York Cosmos First Team with the captains armband against Manchester United in the Paul Scholes memorial match. Now, Iraheta goes 1v1 with the 91st Minute.


Your coach has publicly said he wants more players of Latino decent. Have you found a change in personnel at Chivas USA?

MI: Yes, Chivas USA is becoming a more Latino oriented team. I find it as a positive aspect. Having players from similar cultures helps with team chemistry. Look at Barcelona, nearly every single player on their team is of Spanish decent.


If you score this coming season who would you dedicate your goal to?

MI: I would dedicate my goal to my mom. She is the glue of my family. Without her my family and I would not be where we are today.


You have made it to the pro level. What is your next goal?

MI: First, I want to finish school. After, I would love to play in Europe. I find school is very important because the sad truth is one day I won’t be able to play soccer. Having an education will help me succeed in my future jobs no matter what they may be.


Who is the biggest team you have played against?

MI: Manchester United. It was an unbelievable experience. It is unexplainable.


Who is the best player you have played against?

MI: Paul Scholes. He always has an idea in his head before he receives it. It looks like his head is on a swivel. After that day I could have told you he is more than capable of playing for many more years. I am just happy he thought that was the end of his career then so I was able to play him (laughs).

Iraheta talks food and hair gel after the jump.

Who is the one player who is still alive you wish you could play against?

MI: I would like to play against Pirlo. I am a center defensive midfielder and I think Pirlo would be the most difficult player to defend at this moment in his career. His touch is next to perfect and it is very difficult to take the ball of off him. If I had the opportunity to play against him I would improve a lot.


What kind of hair gel do you use?

MI: I don’t have a hair gel. I could use any gel (laughs).


What is your favorite food?

MI: Italian food.


If you could be in two places at once where would you be?

MI: I would like to be training with the National team and with Chivas USA.


What is the one thing you wish you could do at this moment (other than talk to me)?

MI: Be with my family. I love my family more than anything in the world. I would do anything for them.


Name three things you would like to do before you die:

MI: Play in a World Cup, play with New York Cosmos one more time, and jump out of plane (laughs).



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