The rivalry between the Liga Mx and MLS has found a new argument in this World Cup competition, to which the American competition has more than contributed South American teams attract twice as many players as Aztec football. No small feat considering that football in Mexico has been home to some of the best continental talent in recent years.
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At the start of the World Cup path, opposite the Cup 2026 The MLS contributed overall 25 soccer players for only 10 from the Mexican league. A contrasting fact compared to the average of past qualifiers where Mx-League has done so 26 selected South Americans for 15 from the MLS which is one of the most complex qualifying rounds in the world.
This situation could coincide with the arrival of Lionel Messi to Inter Miami, who also brought more than 10 footballers from the south of the continent in this market. It’s even the set of “The Heron” the American team that contributes the most players to the qualifying round CONMEBOL with a total of nine. Among them, Messi himself (Argentina), Josef Martínez (Venezuela), Drake Callender (USA) and Benjamín Cremaschi (USA) stand out.
In total, Mexico brings three soccer players to Paraguay Carlos González, Richard Sánchez and Robert Morales on the list. Three Uruguayans, with Maxi Araujo, Brian Rodriguez and Sebastian Cacere Yes; two Ecuadorians, with Félix Torres and angel Mena; 2 Venezuelans, with John Chancellor and Félix Torres; Diego Valdes as the only Chilean in addition Camilo Vargas in Colombian call.
For their part MLS add eight Venezuelan players led by Junior Moreno and Jesús Bueno; six selected Peruvians led by Raul Ruidíaz and Miguel Trauco; four Paraguayans, with Diego Gomez as a leader; two Uruguayans, with Cristian Olivera and Facundo Torres; Santiago arias as the only Colombian and Carlos Gruezo representing Ecuador.
On the other hand, this is noticeable in the request Argentina current world champion, besides Lionel Messi there are 2 other footballers: Thiago Almada Atlanta United FC and Alan Velasco of FC Dallas. A sign that scouting and investment in MLS is also outstripping the structure of Liga Mx, where the best footballers and youngsters live Rising stars choose to build their careers in the United States. before we think of the former premier league in the north of the continent.