Rookie midfielder Ely Allen out of the University of Washington has seen action in half of the Los Angeles Galaxy's games this season, starting 11 times and enjoying the company of superstars David Beckham and Landon Donovan. Get to know Allen in this profile by Soccer America's Bryan Alvarez that covers on- and off-field experiences. ...
(Los Angeles Galaxy)
YOUTH CLUB: Emerald City Football Club (2 years)
COLLEGE: University of Washington
INTERNATIONAL: U.S. U-18s.
STARTING OUT:Growing up I played all kinds of sports like baseball and football. My Dad got me into soccer. My family played soccer. My brother played, too.
EARLY SOCCER MEMORY: I remember playing in a rec league. I got to play with my best buddy. He was my neighbor and his dad was our coach. I was pretty fast so I was able to dominate games.
FIRST CLEATS: I had some ghetto Patrick cleats. They were old school, rubber Patricks that were all black with a white outline.
CURRENT CLEATS: Nike Vapors. They're comfortable and they come in a lot of colors. So, I mix them up depending on my mood. Red is the older color coach won't let us wear.
OTHER SPORTS:Baseball, football, badminton, track.
FAVORITE TEAMS:Arsenal, Lakers, San Francisco 49ers.
FAVORITE PLAYERS:Thierry Henry, Kobe Bryant, Terrell Owens.
FAVORITE MOVIES: "Dumb & Dumber" and "Rambo (2008)".
FAVORITE ACTOR: Will Smith.
FAVORITE ACTRESS:Jessica Biel.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: "Family Guy."
LIVING SITUATION: I live in Seal Beach, which is outside of Orange County. I live with three other rookies in a two-bedroom apartment. It's a nice apartment. It's got a pool and it's near the beach.
PLAYING WITH DAVID BECKHAM: It's been great. He's a great player. In person, he's 10 times better than on TV. Playing with him makes everyone better.
PLAYING WITH LANDON DONOVAN: It's been great, as well. He's also a great player who makes everyone better. He has great vision, he's fast and he's a great player to look up to.
MLS EXPERIENCE: It's been good. I've had a great time. There have been lots of ups and downs. As rookie, things have been positive. I've played in a few games and I hope to contribute more.
COLLEGE EXPERIENCE: It was great. I had three great coaches. Dean Wurzberger, Seth Spidahl and Richard Reece really helped me. Off the field, I lived near the Greek row. There wasn't a time when I was bored. If you're bored in college, I don't know what you're doing!
MOST INFLUENTIAL COACH:Brian Schmetzer when I was at Emerald City Football club.
MEMORABLE COACHING ADVICE (from youth coach): There isn't one bit that I remember to a pinpoint. But, overall, I consistently got great advice.
HOBBIES:I like going to the beach. I'm a mall rat. I blame that on my roommate. I like bocce ball and video games, too.
MUSIC:Hip-hop, Rap, Classic Rock. I like Lil' Wayne, Will Smith and Ludacris.
VACATION: I got to go to Hawaii in the preseason. I'd been there with my parents when I was younger. It's relaxing.
FAMOUS PEOPLE YOU'D INVITE TO DINNER:Will Smith, Eva Longoria, Shaquille O'Neal and Jerry Rice.