By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
David Klotz has loved soccer ever since his parents bought him a soccer ball as a child growing up in Crescent City.
"I think it's one of the true sports," he said. "It takes pure physical ability to do. There's no time outs. You have to run for 45 minutes (each half)."
Thanks to his job, he now has a front row seat to world-class soccer action.
Klotz, 33, a 1992 graduate of Del Norte High School, is the manager of premium seating and customer services for the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer the same league international soccer sensation David Beckham is part of as a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Klotz worked his way up, starting in guest relations as an usher, to becoming a manager, and has been with the team for five years. Klotz said he had attended Rapids soccer games before he got the job and was a fan of the team. When a friend told him they were hiring, they told him "You would be perfect for this," Klotz recalled.
For someone who has a love and passion for the sport, Klotz said it's a wonderful job to have.
"I truly believe in the sport of soccer in the U.S." he said. "It's the world's game, but here in the U.S. it takes a back seat."
Klotz hopes having Beckham playing for an MLS team promotes the league and draws an even bigger interest to the sport in America.
On August 26, the Galaxy face the Rapids in Colorado. On the day the tickets were made available five months ago, they sold out the 18,000 seat Dick's Sporting Goods Park for the Galaxy game.
While he doesn't play the sport as often as he did in the past, Klotz just took part in an game between the Rapids front office and the MLS office based in New York.
This has been an extremely hectic week for Klotz, who has been busy with the MLS-All-Star game, which is set for today in the Rapids' home stadium. The MLS All-Stars will face Scottish champions and 2007 UEFA Champions League participates the Celtic FC.
It's been an incredible experience being able to work for a major league sports team and getting to know the players and those in the front office, Klotz said and having a vested interest in the team and how they do.
Currently, the Rapids have four wins and eight losses and five ties for the season.
"We're truly one big happy family," he said. "It's interesting to watch the team work hard to get where they are. I hope they can turn it around."
Klotz said it's a thrill to be part of the team and to experience things like watching the Rapids' stadium "being built from the ground up and seeing the last pieces of steel being put up, to being at the stadiums' opening day," he said. "That's the coolest thing ever."