Nineteen are the tricolor footballers who have found refuge in the top flight of the United States. Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States has been applauded, but also criticized for its role as a haven for footballers on salary issues. The cases are few that in the absence of opportunities, he is forced to seek regularity in the American Union.
Liga MX has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years. Competitive salaries, teams that are being formed with relevant figures, and a window to make the great leap to Europe. However, just as Uruguayans seek to emigrate to Brazil or Argentina, to make the leap, many Mexicans do their thing by crossing the border to the United States.
What are the most important Mexicans currently playing in Major League Soccer?
Javier Hernández: After ten years in European soccer, Chicharito decided to sign a contract with the LA Galaxy, one of the most traditional clubs in the United States. The last season in the old continent was not the expected with Seville, Luuk de Jong surpassed him and was relegated to the bench or tribune, and that is why he decided to change the air to where he is today.
Carlos Vela: In 2018 he came to MLS as a 'franchise player' for the Los Angeles Football Club. After a brief stay with Chivas in the Mexican First Division, Vela spent twelve years of his career in Europe, playing for Arsenal and West Bromwich, Celta de Vigo, Salamanca, Osasuna and Real Sociedad. Today he is one of the highest paid in the US.
Jonathan Dos Santos: Jonathan Dos Santos is in his third season with the LA Galaxy, in which he has played 66 games and scored six goals. In Europe he only went through the lower teams and the first team of Barcelona, as well as Villarreal, a club to which he had been sold in 2014.
Rodolfo Pizarro: After weeks of rumors and speculation, the midfielder agreed to join David Beckham's Inter Miami. There he is one of the Designated Players and he charges more than double what he already received in Rayados. Apparently the Spice Boy gave him a promise that if he breaks it in his club, he will take it to Europe through his contacts. After three leagues, a Cup and a Concachampions, the man from Tri will try to put together his fifth year in a row, getting trophies.
Jürgen Damm: After his contract with Tigres ended, the skilled winger decided to continue his career at Atlanta United. Damm has already started training with the US team and is ready to make his debut in this MLS campaign, in which he hopes to consolidate himself in the team's starting eleven and regain the level he had lost in Liga MX.
Alan Pulido: After reaching the 2019 Apertura scoring title and having won five of seven finals played with Chivas, Pulido Izaguirre decided to take a chance at Sporting Kansas City. The Tamaulipas forward arrives with the obligation to be the club's scorer for the 2020 season and so far he has met expectations.