1.Rodrigo Lopez, Midfielder, San Jose Earthquakes
Justin Godsey: Welcome to the 1st ever interview here on, On The Hot Seat today we have Rodrigo Lopez who currently plays soccer in the MLS and plays midfielder. Over the past 6 years Rodrigo has played soccer in the MLS for Chivas USA and as well as the Portland Timbers, Rodrigo has also played soccer down in Mexico and California until being resigned by the Timbers this past year. Please enjoy the interview with Rodrigo Lopez and welcome to On The Hot Seat. Please read the personal questions to Rodrigo later on in the interview.
Justin Godsey: Tell us how you got into playing Soccer
Rodrigo Lopez: My Father played some pro soccer in Mexico, so since i could walk my father placed a ball on my feet. My first soccer team was at age 4 at a local Boys N Girls club.
Justin Godsey: Growing up did you watch Soccer at all? if you did what team and why?
Rodrigo Lopez: I grew up watching Mexican soccer and of course some european soccer. Chivas was my favorite team growing up so i wouldnt miss a game on TV. Eventually when i took trips down to Mexico i would go to stadiums and watch live.
Justin Godsey: At the age of 2 your parents moved to the USA and moved to Santa Barbara is Santa Barbara a big soccer city?
Rodrigo Lopez: Santa Barbara is a big soccer city. Proven with the UCSB Gauchos attendance.
Justin Godsey: Going through your High School days have you ever dreamed on becoming a professional Soccer Player?
Rodrigo Lopez: Not just through High School, i always dreamed of becoming a prof. soccer player. Many kids growing up didnt really care about soccer, it was more like Basketball, baseball, or football. For me it was Soccer. Never played any other sport at school.
Justin Godsey: In 2007 your chance of becoming a pro Soccer player came true when you signed a contract with Chivas USA what was your parents and your reaction to making it?
Rodrigo Lopez: My first Prof Contract was at Age 16 (2005) with Chivas Guadalajara. I had to leave school after just finishing up my sophomore year. I would be leaving my family. It was a tough decision for me but at the end of the day it was the best decision i ever made. I dont regret it one bit. Chivas Mexico is the biggest club team in all of North America! being part of the organization was a dream come true. Teamates with now the best players in Mexican soccer. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Marco Fabian de La mora, Carlos Vela, etc. To answer your question, Leaving Home at such a young age was hard for my parents but at the same time they were very proud of me.
Justin Godsey: When you appeared on Chivas USA field how nervous were you to play in your 1st MLS Game?
Rodrigo Lopez: Down 3-0 Vs DC United MLS cup champions. I was terrified! hahaha. Also, the best moment in my life. I thank the whole Chivas USA organization for giving me that opportunity and to coach Hans Westerholff. This was a good year for me i also became part of the USA youth national teams. Winning MILK CUP in Ireland and being called to most of camps. Representing your country at any age or sport is dream come true.
Justin Godsey: In 2008 you joined the Ventura County Fusion how excited were you to join the squad?
Rodrigo Lopez: To be honest i didnt know what to think of it, i had just been waived by Chivas USA and i needed to stay in shape so i contacted coach Graham Smith and he was delighted to take me on board. Ill tell you what though for a PDL club these people know what they are doing. THey are on top of everything run things the way a profesional team should be ran.
Justin Godsey: You scored your 1st Pro Goal with Ventura how did it feel getting your 1st goal?
Justin Godsey: How do you keep in contact with fellow fans?
Rodrigo Lopez: I try to stay contact via. Facebook or twitter. Try to keep people updated with what im doing what goes on in my life.
Justin Godsey: Do you play the Fifa Games? If so do you play as yourself ?
Rodrigo Lopez: Yes i play Fifa. I dont play it much but i am Good at it. I dont play with my own character. Usually when im home in the Off season is when i play the most against my brother. My record against him is legit.