06 Mar PG Talk: R.J. Allen
MLS Defender for New York City FC
Profile: R.J. Allen | Age: 25 | Old Bridge, NJ
College: Monmouth University | MLS: New York City FC
PG: When did you first start playing soccer?
RJ: I started playing soccer at the age of 4.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
I played multiple sports; soccer, hockey, little bit of baseball until about the age of 13 then I decided to take over and focus on just soccer.
Who was your favorite athlete(s) and favorite sports teams growing up?
I grew up watching hockey and soccer. I was very into hockey games with my family and friends. Went to quite a few New Jersey Devil and New York Ranger games.
How and why did you pick to go to Monmouth?
Monmouth was the perfect fit for me both on and off the field. It was a small school with a good education and a great soccer program. I had already worked with Rob McCourt before attending the school through the Olympic development program so it was a very easy transition for me.
How was your college experience at Monmouth?
It was a fantastic three in a half years. We were a top five program at one point and made a run in the NCAA tournament year after year. I really enjoyed my time there and still keep in touch with my friends and current staff members at the school.
When did you know were going to be a professional soccer player?
It was always a dream of mine. It was a day I won’t forget. Getting that phone call and being drafted to Chivas USA will forever be a memory for me as a player in 2012.
What was your journey like to get to the MLS?
It was a very long journey. Longer than l expected. One with a lot of ups and downs but it couldn’t of come at a better time in my life. To be in New York playing for the biggest city in the world alongside some of the best players to play the game. It is very special for me.
What is it like to play for a new franchise (NYCFC) and to play at Yankee Stadium?
Being from the New York area this club means a lot to me. I love this city and it holds a special place in my heart. As far as Playing at Yankee Stadium; it is very special for me. I grew up attending Yankee games and it obviously is a very historic place.
What is it like to play with David Villa and Andrea Pirlo?
It’s a big deal. They have won many trophies throughout their careers. I try to learn as much as I can from a guy like David and Andrea.
What do you want to accomplish this 2016 season?
Win a trophy! Simple as that.
What are your goals that you want to reach in the MLS?
To win an MLS CUP as well as appear in a All Star game.
What do you like to do in your free time/offseason?
I spend it with my family and on go vacation.
Whats your favorite thing about PG Sports?
My favorite thing about PG sports is the fact you are following a dream of yours just like I am as a football player. It’s an honor to be a part of this great up and coming brand. More importantly your product is top class!