“Our first goal is to reach the playoffs,” says Marcelo Sarvas. “It’s game after game — win games, make the team stronger, and make everyone believe we can reach playoffs and finals.”
Here’s what’s strange: Sarvas isn’t talking about LA. He’s talking about his new club, the Colorado Rapids. And it’s a hard thing to hear.
“It’s good to be remembered the way I am now: like a champion, and a player that gives everything for this club,” Sarvas told Corner of the Galaxy this morning. “And now I’m moving on. I’m moving to another club, a new challenge.”
”It’s good to be remembered the way I am now: like a champion, and a player that gives everything for this club.”
The trade came as a shock to many Galaxy fans, but not to Sarvas. “I knew that Colorado was interested in me,” he says, “We had lots of conversations, with Bruce and the club, so I knew that something was happening.”
For LA, Marcelo was one half of a center-mid duo that’s considered best in the league. His chemistry with Juninho was evident on the field, but Sarvas says it stems from somewhere else.
“In my opinion it’s everything that we do off the field that makes everything special inside the field,” says Sarvas, talking about Juninho. “Our relationship is all off the field. It’s both family, and being together, and sharing other things.”
”It’s everything that we do off the field that makes everything special inside the field.”
—Marcelo Sarvas, on Juninho
Marcelo has found similar chemistry with his former teammate and new coach, Pablo Mastroeni. “We shared a lot about soccer and our thoughts about soccer were almost the same,” says Sarvas. “He’s a guy that likes to talk the game, a guy that puts the team before himself.”
And Marcelo had some parting words for LA Galaxy fans:
“I want the opportunity to say thank you for all the fans, and people that have been part of my career and my moments in Galaxy,” said Sarvas. “And I just want to say that I’m very happy with my life and my career right now, and people that like me and support me are going to be happy to know that.”
THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW WITH MARCELO SARVAS