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Q&A with Ryan Suarez

Aaron, West Los Angeles, Calif.

R.S. It's just you.

Q: In an interview, you mentioned that you began wearing the head brace because of a concussion you had previously suffered, what protection does it offer you? Do you feel youths playing soccer should be wearing them as well? -- Margie, Pasadena, Calif.

R.S. Yes, to both questions. It does protect me from elbows and head injuries. I can definitely see it becoming more popular over the next 10 years.

Q: What are your feelings towards the supporter groups, such as the L.A. Riot Squad? -- Roman, Calif.

R.S. I think they are brilliant. It brings a little of the tradition of international soccer to the sport here in Los Angeles. A little passion, if you will, is always good.

Q: What has been one of I'm sure many highlights with playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy so far? -- Claudia, Kansas City, Mo.

R.S. There are so many I can't count them. Definitely, being a part of the "California Clasico" between the Galaxy and Earthquakes, and playing at the cathedral of soccer stadiums in the U.S. are just two highlights.

Q: What advice would you give to the aspirant youth wishing to make it in the professional field? Is it talent or perseverance the answer? -- Carlos, Oakland, Calif.

R.S. It is a little bit of both, because you need talent, but without the dedication to train, you won't make it very far. The key is to never give up.

Q: What would be your first pick if you could play for any team in the world? If it's the Galaxy, what would be your second pick? -- Miles, Corona del Mar, Calif.

R.S. AC Milan, that's my team.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to? Do you play any instrument? -- Christina, St. Louis, Mo.

R.S. No instruments. Now, I mainly listen to a lot of Latin reggae.

Q: I have noticed, at the games, the way you interact with kids. They look up to you. What do you think, as a professional athlete, your responsibility is as a role model for kids? As a parent, I appreciate it when athletes take the time to talk to kids. -- Palmdale, Calif.

R.S. I think that is our duty to have a relationship with our fans, but especially the young ones who will be the next generation of players.

Q: The Galaxy tend to focus a lot of energy on the attack. What's the mentality on the back line when you're looking for a goal? -- Ben, Tucson, Ariz.

R.S. To not give one up because as you push forward sometimes you can expose yourself to a counter attack. So as a defender, you must always stay alert, and support the attacking players.