Meet Chivas USA youth academy star Adonis Amaya. Amaya is a standout for the U16 group that has been called up to play for the US U17 National Team. In the following interview you’ll learn of his love for family, Chinese food and a few other random things.
Special thanks to Barry Ritson, the Executive Head Director of coaching at LA Premier, for his help in putting these interviews together.
Where are you from?
AA: Westminster, California. My Mom is from Mexico and my father is from El Salvador.
If you had a clone what club team would that clone play for?
AA: Liverpool. I would love to play with Suarez.
What is your pre-game ritual?
AA: I go on my phone and play music. I listen to hip-hop – Mac Miller – and get myself into the zone. Then I watch Suarez score some goals and then I go try and play like him. (laughs).
If/when you score this coming season what will your celebration be?
AA: I usually thank the player who gave me the assist or thank my parents. Then I will pick the ball up from back of the net and put it back on the kick off spot. This signifies I am ready to do it again.
What is your favorite food?
AA: Chinese food. I love it!
What is the best food you have eaten while at your club?
AA: We went to some very tasty restaurants during the MLS cup. I like the Italian restaurants we go to. The coaches are very careful about what they let us eat. They want us to eat whatever will help us perform the best.
Who is the player you look up to on your team?
AA: I look up to Marco Delgado (aka Marky). He is 17 and just signed pro with Chivas USA. I have played with him and against him and he deserves to be where he is.
Amaya details his first kiss after the jump.