3. FOCUS: Ticos in MLS
Jafet Soto, who debuted for Real Salt Lake in its 6-0 loss to the Red Bulls on Saturday, is the 16th Costa Rican to have played in MLS. The
30-year-old Soto is one of Costa Rica's most experienced players, having spent much of career in Mexico.
Tico imports have generally had little impact on MLS. While Costa Rica has been the
dominant Central American team of the last decade, going to the World Cup in 1998 and 2002, no Tico has lasted more than three years at a time in MLS, in sharp contrast to Salvadorans, Guatemalans and
Hondurans who have played starring roles during MLS's first 11 seasons.
No Costa Rican has been named to the MLS Best XI, and no Costa Rican has played in the MLS Cup final on the winning
team. Roy Myers started for Los Angeles, which lost the 1999 MLS Cup final to D.C. United, 2-0. Last year, Galaxy coach Steve Sampson brought in Michael Umana and Pablo Chinchilla from Costa Rica, where he had coached the
national team, but neither player could hold a spot in the starting lineup by the end of the season when the Galaxy captured the MLS crown.
Jonathan Bolanos (Chicago/2003)
Pablo Brenes (MetroStars/2004)
Pablo Chinchilla (Los Angeles/2005)
Andy Herron (Chicago/2004-06)
Roy Myers (MetroStars, Los
Erick Scott (Columbus/2004)
Gonzalo Segares (Chicago/2005-06)
Alejandro Sequeira (Tampa Bay, San Jose/1999)
*Douglas Sequeira Chivas USA, Real Salt Lake/2005-06)
*Mauricio Solis (San Jose/1999-2000)
Jafet Soto (Real Salt Lake/2006)
Sunsing (New England/2000-01)
Daniel Torres (Columbus, Real Salt Lake/2001-03, 2006)
*Mauricio Wright (San Jose, New England/1999-2001)
*Played in World Cup.
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