Chivas USA is a team in transition. With a new crop of players the club is ready to forge a fresh identity. We spoke with several of the team’s additions starting with No.2 overall draft pick Carlos Alvarez. In our exclusive interview with the former Connecticut star we learned about his love for family, pregame rituals and … use of baby lotion?
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?
CA: City Terrace in East LA. My parents were born and raised in Mexico. My father played professionally for Chivas Guadalajara and then began a family here in Southern California.
If you had a clone what other professional team would your clone play for?
Do you have a pregame ritual?
CA: Back at school I would eat breakfast with my team, go back to the room, shower, then put headphones on and listen to music. I like Drake, Chris Brown, and multiple Spanish bands. I like to listen to Spanish music and think about my heritage right before games.
If you score this coming season who will you dedicate your goal to?
CA: My first goal will be dedicated to a friend of mine who passed away in a car accident. His name is Eddie Valencia. He was great friend of mine who was on the same path as me. I am blessed to have known him and to be where I am today.
What kind of hair gel do you use?
Alexi Lalas asked me the same question and he was surprised to hear I don’t use any hair gel. However, I do use baby lotion. I like my hair a little bit messy looking and the lotion keeps my hair the same way during the game no matter how sweaty I get. It also never gets greasy or into my eyes. You should try it!
Who is the player you look up to on your team?
CA: I am still getting to know everyone. Everyone is working very hard to secure a spot in the 30-man roster. I will admit that I do my best to learn from those who have been at the club the longest. They are very experienced and know how to play and what to do during the demanding preseason.
You have made it to the pro level. What is your next goal?
CA: My next goal is to be a starter for Chivas USA and then get a call from the national team.
Alvarez talks playing for US and or Mexican National Team after the jump.