Latino talent is a main ingredient for the Major League Soccer and this year is not the exception: 100+ players from South & Central America and the Caribbean are going to demonstrate what they are capable of on the pitch.
Many footballers that are part of this list are already big superstars in their clubs, being Federico Higuaín (Argentina), Ignacio Piatti (Argentina) and Ilsinho (Brazil) just some example of what we are talking about.
However, the great impact comes with the young players looking forward to develop their abilities and be considered as possible signings for European Clubs or big South American clubs such as Boca Juniors, River Plate, Santos, Flamengo, etc.
The MLS is going to be benefited greatly by these talented youngsters willing to impress the world while they try to contribute to achieve both the league Cup and the US Open Cup.
In addition, a particular aspect of some of these new young players coming to the United States are their already-filled trophy case, where footballers such as Anthony Blondell (Venezuela) and Ezequiel Barco (Argentina) came with domestic and international achievements, being the latter a Copa Sudamericana 2017’s champion.
On the other hand, this 2018 the MLS received what OrlandoLionsDen called the “Venezuelan Exodus”, where at least 7 players from the “Vinotinto” country left their home league seeking the American dream and international recognition.
Regarding Orlando City, the Lions currently counts with a great midfielder with international experience as the Peruvian Yoshimar Yotún while having two amazing creative players as the Paraguayan Josué Colmán and the Colombian Christian Higuita. These three guys are key for head coach Jason Kreis plans for 2018.
In relation to the clubs with most Latinos, Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers lead the table with 12 players each.
Number of players from Central America & The Caribbean
Costa Rica: 13 / Cuba: 2 / El Salvador: 3
Guatemala: 2 / Honduras: 7 / México: 7
Panamá: 7 / Puerto Rico: 1
Argentina: 22 (Top) / Bolivia: 1 / Brazil: 10
Chile: 3 / Colombia: 12 / Ecuador: 3
Paraguay: 5 / Perú: 4 / Uruguay: 9