Now with the Las Vegas Lights, we catch back up with pro goalkeeper Abraham Romero, discussing everything from his golf game to Zlatan Ibrahimovic stories.
Having played in two youth World Cups and one senior Club World Cup, Abraham Romero has seen the glamor that professional soccer has to offer. But he’s no stranger to its struggle either.
The last time we spoke to the 24-year-old goalkeeper, he was with LA Galaxy II, coming off of a strong COVID-shortened season in which he was the starting No. 1. But the Galaxy weren’t keen on resigning him, and after having difficulty finding a team in the offseason, Romero was ready to retire. A stroke of chance gave him an opportunity to sign with Orange County SC, and despite being a part of a team that’d go on to win the USL Championship title, Romero had to work a construction job during the final few months of the season to help make ends meet.
In the turbulent world of professional sports, things can change up on you quickly. One moment you’ve felt like you made it, and the next you’re struggling to tread water. Romero’s resolve and perseverance have kept him afloat over the past two years, but there is plenty of grinding left to do in his career.
Now with the Las Vegas Lights, Romero joins the Urban Pitch Podcast to discuss his career journey from the United States and Mexico youth national teams, to his stint with Pachuca, to his ventures in the USL Championship. He even shares the story of how Zlatan Ibrahimovic was able to get him a greeting video from his goalkeeping idol, Gianluigi Buffon.