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What brings the “Venezuelan exodus” to MLS

January 21, 2018

 

This transfer window has become an exodus-like period for Venezuela after, so far now, six more Venezuelan players will be part of Major League Soccer this season.

 

Following Josef Martínez (Atlanta United) and Jefferson Savarino’s (Real Salt Lake) steps, Venezuelan footballers see MLS as an opportunity to show their skills and develop their abilities on a competitive league.

 

In addition, they hope to face on the pitch and play against former European internationals stars like David Villa, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sebastian Giovinco.

 

To be precise, 19 soccer players have left Venezuela’s First Division this transfer window and signed for foreign clubs in Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Slovakia and United States, being the latter the favorite destination so far, with 5 “VenEx”.

 

In relation with Venezuela’s national team, these players look forward to leave a great impression to current coach Rafael Dudamel. It is known that playing on a foreign league increases chances to be called to “La Vinotinto” and compete in South American Qualifiers and Copa América, the two main tournaments for Venezuela.

 

This season’s transfers:

 

-Anthony Blondell:

 

Being Venezuelan First Division winner with Monagas SC and top goal scorer last season -24 in 39 matches-, 23 year-old striker Anthony Blondel became a star after showing how lethal he is in front of the goal. Also, was called to the national team for the last two matches in the South American Qualifiers.

 

MLS club:  Vancouver Whitecaps.

 

-Alejandro Fuenmayor:

 

21 year-old center back Alejandro Fuenmayor was a revelation in Venezuela First Division with Carabobo FC. He played Copa Libertadores in 2017 and helped his club to qualify for 2018 edition. 73 appearances since 2013 gave him experience to get ready for his new challenge. “Hopefully things will be good and I can learn a lot from a partner like Philippe Senderos, who played so long in the Premier League”, said to the press.

 

MLS club: Houston Dynamo.

 

-Junior Moreno:

 

Ex-Zulia FC and Venezuela international, 24 year-old midfielder Junior Moreno has great technique and continental experience after playing against superstars like Lionel Messi. Last season he played 38 matches including Copa Libertadores. "I am very grateful to Zulia FC and La Vinotinto. Everything served as a showcase to achieve these goals. The expectation at DC United is huge” he said.

 

MLS club: DC United.

 

-José Hernandez:

 

Former Caracas FC and U-20 World Cup Runner up with Venezuela, 20 year-old left back José Hernandez joins MLS alongside Argentinean Ezequiel Barco to bring youth and speed to US soil. Caracas FC qualified to Torneo Apertura’s Final only to be defeated against Monagas SC.

 

-MLS club: Atlanta United.

 

-Eduardo Sosa:

 

Having scored 6 goals last season for Zamora FC, 21 years-old midfielder Eduardo Sosa looks like he could be a good signing for MLS. He won three domestic titles with Zamora FC providing dribble, speed and sharpness to the offensive.

 

MLS club: Columbus Crew.

 

MLS Super Draft:

 

Despite he hasn’t played professional soccer in Venezuela, 22 year-old Venezuelan Mauro Cichero was picked by FC Dallas in the Major League Soccer Super Draft on round two from Southern Methodist University this January 19, becoming the 6th Venezuelan on the list that joins MLS since current transfer window.

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