On the Pitch with Ely Allen

Aug. 25, 2006

Husky men's soccer player Ely Allen has high hopes for his junior season, which kicks off Friday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. at Husky Soccer Field vs. UC Davis. The two-time all-conference player and 2004 Pac-10 of the Year has one important goal for the season: scoring goals. Allen sat down with GoHuskies.com to discuss the upcoming year, how he spent his summer and his love for Nintendo 64.

GoHuskies.com: What are your thoughts on the upcoming season?
Ely Allen: 'I think it will be good. Of all the years I have been here, if we are going to go anywhere this should be the year to do it. I think this is the strongest team we have had since I have been here. In the past people have had poor attitudes around whether they are playing or not or how much they are contributing, but this year everyone is on the same page. We are all working towards the same goal.'

GH: Take me through what a typical gameday for you looks like.
EA: 'During preseason we don't have school, so it's kind of like living like a pro. We have a pregame meal, and then we go in for training or taping. Then we have a pregame meeting in our locker room, and then the coaches will leave. Then we turn on some music and get each other riled up. On school days the routine is pretty much the same with class added in the morning.'

GH: Any superstitions/gameday rituals?
EA: 'I don't have any. I usually just listen to music and eat some sugar or candy.'

GH: What are you majoring in?
EA: 'My intended major is sociology.'

GH: What are your personal goals for the season?
EA: 'Personally, I just want to score a lot of goals.'

GH: What team do you most look forward to playing this season?
EA: 'UCLA. I think that is a team that most people look forward to playing because it is usually the most intense game and a lot of fans come out to those games.'

GH: What did you do over the summer?
EA: 'I took a summer school class in Archaeology. Mostly I trained with the Seattle Sounders and just did lots of soccer and school.'

GH: What do you do when you aren't playing soccer?
EA: 'Video games. I live with two other guys on the team, and we are addicted to Nintendo 64 and Mario Kart. I think we could beat anyone in the nation. We probably play that three hours a day.'

GH: Does anyone on the team have any weird or hidden talents?
EA: 'George John gets pretty nervous before each game, and he has a neck twitch that he always does. If you go to a game you will notice it, and it is definitely something to look for.'

GH: Who on the team will surprise people this year?
EA: 'Two newcomers: transfer Raphael Cox and freshman Taylor Hoss.'

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