By Debbie Haar // @GalaxySoccerMom
In a tiny authentic Mexican restaurant in Hermosa Beach I sat down with Abraham Romero, goalkeeper for L.A. Galaxy II, and talked over enchiladas and french toast. He engaged in polite conversation in Spanish with the restaurant staff and rerouted the conversation when our server asked if he was a professional athlete. Romero, who is 6’2″, has been described by Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese as “a hard-working kid that has a big presence and is very fast for a big guy”. I sat down to find out more about who Romero is.
Debbie Haar: Off the soccer field, what is something you are really good at?
Abraham Romero: I’m a decent bowler, I can play ping pong but I’m bad at pool.
DH: What were you like as a child?
AR: I was a fat baby!! (laughs) I was 10 pounds when I was born. I was a cry baby when I was little but I was raised in a very loving household.
DH: When you are traveling, what is something you can’t live without?
AR: My phone charger and I have this little teddy bear dressed in a bomber jacket and goggles I got in France. I don’t know why but he’s my sidekick.
DH: Does pineapple belong on pizza?
AR: oh no! (shakes head)
DH: Tell me something else food related you don’t like.
DH: Do you play video games?
AR: no, don’t play them. I don’t enjoy them. I like reading?
DH: What’s your favorite book?
AR: I like Brida. I have a quote from that book tattooed on my ribs.
DH: So what is a typical Saturday night for you? What are you doing after this interview?
AR: I might meet up with some friends or stay home and drink some tea. Just depends.
DH: Do you have any pets?
AR: (smiles big) I have two pit bulls, Bubba is a big blue nose and Hope is brown. He tells on her when she is doing something bad. He barks at her.
DH: Tell me something most people don’t know about you.
AR: I take a nap every day.
DH: What would you say is your spirit animal?
AR: I’d say a king penguin, awkward and elegant. Or the turtle in Finding Nemo! Fin! Noggin!
DH: What is the best advice you’ve received during your soccer career?
AR: I remember Marco Garces, the Director at Pachuca, telling me that I am not as good as I think I am, I need to just work to get better.
DH: What are your bad habits?
AR: (laughs) I do not pick up my clothes. I just drop them where ever.
DH: Who picks them up?
AR: My Mom, I live at home with my family.
DH: What household chore do you hate the most?
AR: I will mop floors, take out the trash, wash clothes but I HATE doing the dishes.
DH: What is something your mom cooks that you love?
AR: She makes this pasta with tomato sauce…
DH: Is it like spaghetti?
AR: Ya, it’s a lot like spaghetti. Chili Relleno or she makes this squash with meat and cheese that’s really good.
DH: Has there been a person who has mentored you, really invested in you?
AR: My Dad first and foremost. Other than him is my goalkeeper coach Ruben Messina. I started training with him when I was 8 and I still train with him now. He built me. The first time I trained with him was terrible! I didn’t want to go back, (laughs) but he has made me an overall decent goalkeeper in all areas.
DH: What’s one of your goals in life that’s not soccer related?
AR: Write a book, a romance.
DH: What’s your favorite movie?
AR: The Godfather. I wear a ring with a Godfather quote, “You can do anything. But never go against the family.”
Bill Reno of Everybody Soccer had this to say about Romero when asked who he sees as the young front-runner who could supplant the old guard.
“Some dark horse candidates could be Abraham Romero, who is a very good Mexican-American goalkeeper”
If you get a chance to watch Romero play you’ll see a promising young talent with a passion and determination for the game. What you may not notice is his wisdom beyond his years and his kind soul.
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