RISING STAR PROFILE: Jorge Flores

[MLS] Jorge Flores scored three goals in his first three appearances for Chivas USA, which coincided with the club's rise in the Western Conference after a slow start to the MLS season. The 19-year-old Flores, who earned his spot with Chivas USA through the televised open tryout, Sueno MLS, has seen action in 10 games this season and has earned U.S. U-20 national team call-ups. Get to know Flores in this profile that covers on- and off-field experiences. ...

JORGE FLORES
(Chivas USA)


POSITION: Midfielder

AGE: 19

HOMETOWN: Anaheim, Calif.

CLUB: Santa Ana DSP Juventus

INTERNATIONAL: U.S. U-20s

STARTING OUT: I grew up in Mexico. All my friends played soccer in the streets. So, I played soccer, too.

EARLY SOCCER MEMORY: My cousin and I took the bus to play a game. We didn't have enough money to get home. So, we walked and got home around 1:00 in the morning.

FIRST CLEATS: It was a Mexican brand called Concorb. I liked them!

CURRENT CLEATS: Adidas F50s.

OTHER SPORTS: I played basketball in elementary school.

FAVORITE TEAMS: I watch the Mexican League, a lot. I like the Lakers and the Chicago Bulls, too.

FAVORITE PLAYER: I like Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo.

FAVORITE MOVIES: Action Movies.

FAVORITE ACTOR: Will Smith.

FAVORITE ACTRESS: Eva Mendes.

FAVORITE TV SHOW: None.

LIVING SITUATION: I live at home with my mom.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: I hope it's me but it's going to be really hard.

MLS EXPERIENCE: It's been good. I didn't get to play too much last year. This year, I'm playing and scoring goals. Hopefully, we make the playoffs and I get more minutes.

MOST INFLUENTIAL COACH: Well, he isn't a coach but Dennis te Kloese [Chivas USA director of soccer] helped me a lot. He's the one who picked me for Sueno MLS and for the Chivas U-19s.

MEMORABLE COACHING ADVICE (from youth coach): Work hard every day.

HOBBIES: I like to listen to music, go on the Internet and go to the movies.

MUSIC: I like every kind of Mexican music. I like rap and hip-hop, too. I like a little bit of everything.

READING: I like some magazines but I'm not a big reader.

FAMOUS PEOPLE YOU'D INVITE TO DINNER: I can't decide. There are too many to say.

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