I wrote an article on Carlos Pavon finally scoring for the Galaxy, but I also wanted to talk to him the other day when I went to interview some Galaxy players.
While we were talking with Landon Donovan, the Galaxy Deportivo crew stopped midfielder Pete Vagenas for an interview.
I tell you, you think you know someone - Pete is one of the longest-serving Galaxy players left on the club. He's a local guy, from out in Pasadena. I've interviewed him dozens of times, and he's always provided articulate, intelligent answers.
I didn't know he spoke Spanish.
I looked over at Luis, a little dumbfounded. "Did you know Pete spoke Spanish?"
He shook his head. "I had no idea."
We eavesdropped on the interview - Pete was explaining what the team could expect from Toronto. His Spanish is decent, too, around the par of Landon Donovan's, if you've ever caught any of his interviews in that language.
"Seven, then. That's seven Galaxy players who speak Spanish, as far as I know," I observed.
A British reporter asked me, "Are you counting Beckham in that?"
I answered in the afirmative. I've heard Beckham speak Spanish before. He's shy about it, and it's not great, but it's something.
When Carlos came out, the Galaxy press people let me know that he couldn't stay long - he was taking his kids to see the X-Games. I decided not to rush an interview, but after he left, I wondered if any of his teammates would be joining the Pavon family in watching the X-Games. I'll bet Brooklyn and Romeo might have found the event kind of fun. They could have all hung out in the AEG box in the stadium together.