6.04.2009

Video: Gerson Mayan Interview in Espanol



A piece from Fox Sports International on Chivas USA academy player-turned-first teamer Gerson Mayan. I'm an uncultured embarrassment and only speak one language so I didn't get all of this but I know some of you are a bit more cultured than I so have at it. Feel free to share a recap in the comments.

5 comments:

Jared said...

My Spanish is a little rusty, but from what I gathered, his parents moved the hell out of El Salvador in the 80's, he has God to thank for everything, and he grew up in a bad neighborhood, so thank God (again) for soccer. Then it talks a little about his history with different teams (I noticed he started out playing in AYSO, which is kinda neat, as it's much more recreational than USYSA), until he started playing for Chivas, though he wants to play for Europe.

Anyone who speaks Spanish better, or doesn't want to just paraphrase, feel free to call me a cabron.

Anonymous said...

Here it goes for my non-Espanol brothas and sistahs:

TV announcer:
"Chivas USA is now counting on a new promising player of Salvadoran descent. He was born in Los Angeles after his family escaped a civil war in the 80's."

Gerson:
"My suffered a lot more than 30 years ago. Thank God, they converted to Christianity"

TV Announcer:
"With religion and the love and support of his family, he was able to avoid the violence of the inner-city."

Gerson:
"There was a lot of gangs in our neighborhood and surounding areas. Truth is, it was hard. But when one has God, it changes your mindset. Everything is clamer when God is in your heart."

TV announcer:
"His father was the first to predict Gerson's talent"

Gerson's Father:
"At 5 y.o., he already had good virtues and demonstrated good qualities on the ball. It was at 5 when I really noticed his talent"

TV Announcer:
"Gerson played in many local leagues including one of the best acadamies in the United States. At 15, he almost signed with Colo Colo."

Gerson:
"I wanted to go. They had told me that they would debut me with the first team at 17. My da and I both wanted it, but my mom had a say in it too. My mom said no because she thought I was too small (or young or both)"

TV Announcer:
"This season Gerson has made his debut in the MLS. He has notched 3 assists in 7 games played nad is being looked at for the U-20 by the USMNT. Mayen has his goal clearly defined for this season and his dream for the future firmly in place."

Gerson:
"Well, first of all I'd like to be a starter here(ChivasUSA) and then go off to Europe. If that doesn't happen, play here with equal desire until I can leave the states"

TV Announcer:
"It's in public parks like this one where 1000's of kids play in everyday, begin the dream to play professionally. Now, Gerson Mayen has the opprotunity to convert that dream into reality. Reporting from the streets of LA for Fox Sports en Espanich, I'm Moises Linares"

On a personal note, Gerson came to a Union Ultras Bar-b-que after a Chivas practice and rather than eat out, he came, ate with us, and shared a lot of this story with us. This guy is a true blue American hero just for making it out of the streets. Damn good person. I hope he gets more playing time with Chivas. He's earned it in my book.

Thanks,
Wourld famous EASTLACHIVA
www.unionultras.com

Jared said...

Yeah... what EASTLACHIVA said. Thanks for doing the translation, I'm too busy/lazy.

SF said...

Wow. I really missed most of that. Thanks for the hookup/translation EASTLACHIVA.

SF

Anonymous said...

You're welcome, amigos. This guy is our future here at Chivas USA and possibly might earn himself a call up with the U20 Nats.

He's not very big, but can be a contributor in the mold of Jose Francisco Torres. Ironically, he too might get subbed out for Sacha Kjelstan.

ELAC
jsandate@unionultras.com