HOMETOWN:Salt Lake City, Utah
MLS CLUB: Chivas USA
YOUTH CLUB: X-Max
COLLEGE: Salt Lake Community Community College
STARTING OUT: My dad was a big soccer fan. He got me involved and it stuck with me. I love the competition and the finesse.
EARLY SOCCER MEMORY: I have great memories of having my dad as a coach. He coached me until I was 13. He gave me my baseline and taught me everything I know.
FIRST CLEATS:They had to be cheap $20 K-Mart brand cleats. My sophomore year in high school, I had silver and blue Kelmes. They were the worst-looking cleats.
CURRENT CLEATS:Adidas AdiPures.
OTHER SPORTS:I played basketball, volleyball and baseball.
FAVORITE TEAMS: Utah Jazz, Buffalo Bills.
FAVORITE PLAYER: Darren Williams from the Utah Jazz, Marshawn Lynch from the Buffalo Bills and Cristiano Ronaldo.
FAVORITE MOVIES: "The Hangover."
FAVORITE ACTOR:Denzel Washington.
FAVORITE ACTRESS: Jessica Alba.
FAVORITE TV SHOW:"24."
LIVING SITUATION: I live with two guys from the team, Lance Parker and Michael Lahoud. We have a condo in Manhattan Beach
MLS EXPERIENCE: It's gone pretty well. My first year, I didn't expect as much playing time as I got. I feel like I did well and showed the staff that I could play. My second year is going pretty well, too. Ever since I was 4 years old, I've dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player. I'm just enjoying my time here.
MOST INFLUENTIAL COACH: My Dad, Michael and my coach at Salt Lake Community College, Enrique Velasquez.
MEMORABLE COACHING ADVICE (from youth coach):When I was about 15 or 16, I was at a tryout. A coach told me to always play your best because you never know who's watching. That advice played into me becoming a pro. I didn't go the usual route to MLS. I didn't play Division I college soccer. I played with a men's league I Utah. We went to a tournament at the Home Depot Center. [Chivas USA coach] Preki was there looking at another player. I must have played well that day because he invited me to tryout for Chivas USA. So, you see, you never know who's watching.
HOBBIES:I like water sports like wakeboarding. I like snowboarding and hanging out with my family. When I'm in LA, I go to the beach. I hang out with my girlfriend a lot, too.
MUSIC:I like Rap. T.I. is my favorite right now.
READING:I'm not a big reader. I'm starting an online class in macroeconomics though. So, I'll be doing a lot of reading for that.
VACATION:When I'm with my family, we go to Fremont Lake in Pinedale, Wyoming. One place I would like to go is Spain.
FAMOUS PEOPLE YOU'D INVITE TO DINNER:Karl Malone and John Stockton.