Adam Waterson is yet another example of talented Australians on the international sports scene. The one-time Western Sydney Wanderers strength and conditioning coach moved stateside to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s MLS outfit LA Galaxy.
The fitness expert was an integral part of the unforgettable Western Sydney Wanderers’ Asian Champions League triumph in 2014. But the A-League challenge was never going to be enough for Waterson.
In early 2018, the Aussie was brought in by the MLS' most storied club. LA Galaxy, spearhead of a US league that's been supercharged by investment to become a genuine rising power in world football.
After stints in the Korea Republic and outside of football, Waterson, 37, joined the US club made famous by David Beckham, Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, Steven Gerrard and a few outrageous goals by Ibrahimovic (oh, and national anthem singing sensation Malea Emma, google her, she's amazing).
Waterson has seen for himself that Galaxy is a huge club compared to your average A-League outfit.
As an example, not only is the Swedish superstar their headline act, they’re coached by former Boca Juniors boss Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who was in charge during the Argentine club's infamous Copa Libertadores Final against River Plate.
And the MLS itself is attracting world-class talent from around the globe, such as Wayne Rooney and ex-EPL and Portugal star Nani.
It’s an exciting place to be for the Aussie, who is proving again why our sports science experts are so well respected around the world. FTBL sat down with Waterson to talk MLS vs A-League, what Australia must improve on and of course, his relationship with Zlatan...