AJ, AJ, Give us your answers do!
We Love AJ, Hopefully you do too!
That’s right Angel City Brigade! AJ DeLaGarza has answered the questions to your must know hearts…everything from growing up in a tiny town in Maryland, to starting his first professional game with the LA Galaxy. I’d like to thank Sergio first and foremost for setting this up and I’d also like to say thanks to all of the ACB members who posted questions for the future outside back hero of the LA Galaxy. So, without further adieu, I present to you AJ (I’ma make your backline legit F’n) DeLaGarza.
ACB: What gets you pumped up before and after you walk out of the tunnel for a game?
AJD: The screaming fans really give me the chills while I’m waiting in the tunnels and while I’m walking out onto the field. The passion that they bring to the game is just remarkable and the commitment that they’ve shown through the years is amazing.
ACB: What has your experience in LA been like…the city, the fans, the stadium. Which one stands out the most?
AJD: My experience since I came here has been so much more than what I had ever expected. I was born and raised in Maryland, which was 21 years of my life. Living in a city as small as Bryans Rd Maryland which has a population of about 5000 people then moving to one of the biggest cities in the world would be kind of a shock to anyone. But I really love the city (except for the traffic). So the city of LA probably stands out the most, just because of where I lived for 21 years. But the fans are second to none in the MLS, and that shows by all of our supporter groups. They really are the ones that give the stadium life and make it what it is.
ACB: What are your favorite spots in Los Angeles? Any hidden gems?
AJD: There are so many places in Los Angeles that I know I haven’t seen half of what’s out there. I’m kind of picky with what I eat so when I find a place I usually become a regular. Silvios is a Brazilian restaurant down in Hermosa Beach that is pretty good. I just don’t know what people see in In N’ Out. (I don’t either AJ, it’s all about Tom’s if you’re looking for a good burger!)
ACB: Who is the toughest opponent you have ever had to mark?
AJD: I’ve faced so many players in my first year and they all bring different aspects to they’re game that it’s hard to say who the toughest is. I played against Ven Den Bergh who can put pinpoint crosses into the box from the left flank. Then there’s players who can use they’re speed to beat you like Mansally and Zakuani. Lastly, there are players who have some of the best footwork and ball skills to beat you like Kljestan and Pappa.
ACB: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
AJD: I would love to be in Los Angeles still, but I think I will have to weigh my options in Europe if that opportunity presented itself. If I were in MLS I know that there is nothing that can compare to what the Galaxy has here between the tradition, coaches players and fans that it has created through the years.
ACB: What’s your favorite moment from last season?
AJD: There were so many great moments from last season. If you had asked me before the season I would have never dreamed of experiencing what I had. Getting to start my first MLS game against DC United in the season opener then getting engaged later on that night was something I will always remember. Obviously making it to the MLS Cup final and getting to play my rookie season was an experience I will never forget. Then there was the opportunity to play with and against some of the best players on the planet like Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry.
ACB: What effect do the fans have on your performance on the field?
AJD: The fans are what really get me going. Obviously I need to do what I’m supposed to do whether there are 500 fans or 15,000 fans, but my adrenaline really goes when the fans are an active part of the game.
ACB: What did you take from last season to make you stronger and better this season?
AJD: I learned so much from last season and I really tried to take everything last year and use it as a foundation to build on for this season so I could help my team any way I can. I know what I need to work on to become a better player and I will be doing that day in and day out.
ACB: How do you really feel about Ch*vas USA?
AJD: Throws a TV out of the 8th story window at the Marriot where the interview was being conducted AAAHHHHHH I HATE THEM FOOLS!!!!
Ok ok, so he didn’t do or say this. AJ has a bit more class than I do. Read on.
AJD: Next question! Sike, ok obviously there is a huge amount of passion both from the players and the fans when it comes to this rivalry. We share the same stadium and before this season we would see one another on more than a couple of occasions. Obviously things are intense, having had to play them five times last year with every game being close and physical and every one of them meaning something. Having said that though, I would say that the harsh feelings generally stay on the field.
ACB: Since you’re the first entry of our special blog (toot-toot), you will be the first player to pick your own player chant for your name. What song would you like?
AJD: HAHA I’ve never though about that and my name is so odd! (At least in my opinion) that I don’t even know a song that would go with my name. I guess I’ll leave that one up to the fans. Maybe you guys can do a survey or something.