Galaxy’s Rovira Called Up By El Salvador

LA Galaxy Youth Academy midfielder, Alan Rovira, will join El Salvador’s national team ahead of

Alan Rovira

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Robert Mora

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CARSON, Calif. – If there is one person who is
happier than young Salvadorian Alan Rovira these days it would be his father,
William. The elder Rovira found out last week that his son, a member of the LA
Galaxy’s Under-18 Academy team, will soon get the chance to don the jersey of
his beloved national team, “La Selecta,”
which is how most Salvadorians affectingly refer to their national team.

“He loves football and has always cheered me on. He never
misses a game,” Alan Rovira said of his father in an interview with “He’s always done everything to help me and so I want him to be
proud. Right now, he is very happy and is calling everyone.”

Alan credits his father with helping him fall in love with
the sport as a young child.

“I started playing when I was four-years-old and my love for
soccer has always been strong,” the younger Rovira said.

Last Wednesday, Rovira, 18, was one of 20 players named by El Salvador head coach Jose Luis Rugamas to play
in international friendlies against Honduras
on Sept. 4 at the L.A. Coliseum and Guatemala
on Sept. 7 at RFK Stadium in Washington,

The 5-foot-9 midfielder has come up the ranks of the LA
Galaxy Youth Academy, first with the Under-16 team in 2008 and then this past season
with the Under-18 squad. Rovira is a left-footed midfielder, who posses a lot
of speed and ability with the ball. In 2009, he scored two goals in 20 games
for his Academy side, helping the U-18’s reach the Development Academy Playoffs
for the first time ever.

Rovira, who is schedule to report to the national team here
in Los Angeles
on Sept. 1, said he first found out of the call-up online while browsing the
internet. He has since received many congratulatory messages and well wishes
from his teammates and coaches with the Galaxy.

The academy is currently out of season, but the team will re-group
in two weeks to begin preparations for the 2010/11 campaign. Or, to put it in
another way, a few days after Rovira potentially makes his international debut.

However, Rovira knows there is still a lot of works that
needs to be done between now and then, but he hopes to take full advantage of
the opportunity to train with the senior national team.

“I expect a lot of competition. The team has good players, a
lot of talent but also a lot of room to grow. That’s how I’m looking at it,” he
said. “This is a great opportunity and we have to take it.”

While he knows it won’t be easy, Rovira says he is confident
of his abilities and feels that because of the training and coaching that he
has received with the Galaxy
Academy, he can
contribute for his country now.

Come Sept. 4 at the Coliseum, we might just get to see that
dream become a reality.