Name: Pablo Sisniega
Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico
Current club: LAFC
Debut year: MLS Debut 2019
Senior Career Teams:
- Real Sociedad (2014-2019)
- LAFC (2019- )
- FC DELCO
- Shipley School
- Real Sociedad
How did you start playing soccer?
I started playing soccer at a very young age. It has always been my passion and something that I’ve loved to do. When I was eight years old, I got into the youth system at Chivas and decided that I wanted to be a goalkeeper. I didn’t look back after that.
How would you define yourself as a goalkeeper?
I am a goalkeeper with good reflexes, and solid shot-stopper. I’m also good at coming out off my line on 1vs1 and I feel comfortable coming out for crosses.
How would you define LAFC inside?
LAFC is a club that is creating a culture of winning and where the staff expects the best of players every time they step on the field. It is an environment that is supportive but at the same time demanding.
What model of gloves do you use? And why?
I am currently using the IKARUS model from last season. I like having gloves where there is some weight on the backhand, and I get an excellent feeling with this model. I am still trying out different models that the brand has to offer, so it might change in the future.
What advice would you give those who were starting to play soccer?
I would suggest that you just enjoy the process and have fun. Becoming a professional soccer player is a long and hard process, so I would suggest trying to enjoy it and all of the experiences that come with it.
What qualities do you think are the most important for a goalkeeper?
Nowadays, a goalkeeper must be able to do a lot of things at a high level. A modern goalkeeper needs to be good with his feet and needs to read the game well. This has become more and more important and I think that it is something that youth keepers need to focus on the most.
What has been the most important moment in your sports career?
I would say that the most important moment in my career was playing my first game with LAFC. I had two very hard years in Real Sociedad, where I overcame two injuries that I thought would end my career, so coming to the US and making my MLS debut made all of the hard work and sacrifice worth it.
How do you overcome a serious mistake during a match?
I try to focus on the next play and remember that the only thing that matters is what comes next.
Any rituals before or during games?
I like to go and touch both goalposts as well as the crossbar and say a little prayer. It is something that I have done since I was eight years old, and I will continue to do it until I retire.
What care do you give your gloves to always have them game ready?
I always like to wash my gloves the night before the game so that the latex is ready for the next day. I feel that this improves the grip and helps with durability.
How would you describe the transition from Europe to the MLS?
It was a hard transition for me. I had been injured for almost two seasons when I came to the MLS, so I wasn’t as sharp as I wanted to be. The staff here did a great job getting me back to where I needed to be physically and mentally so that I could compete at a high level again.
What are some of your hobbies besides playing soccer?
I really like to read, and I love going to the beach. Usually, when I have a day off, I will go to one of the beaches here and just sit at the beach while I read a good book.