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So Long Davino: Another Mexican Flop?

Dulio Davino becomes the latest former Mexican National Team star to more or less flop in MLS. Sure some Hoops fans will say “he helped solidify our back line when healthy,” but for his $400,000 salary I can think of much better players and more marketable ones also to sign.

Here is a list of top Mexican players signed by MLS in the past and their legacy to the league.

Hugo Sanchez ( Dallas Burn)

Sanchez the greatest player Mexico has ever produced helped the Burn draw well in the inaugural season of MLS before retiring.

Jorge Campos (LA Galaxy/Chicago Fire)

Helped bring fans to games in LA the first year of MLS but was quite honestly a below average MLS keeper. Eventually he was beaten out by Kevin Hartman in LA and then by Zach Thornton in Chicago.

Damian Alvarez (Dallas Burn/New England Revs)

Considered a top prospect in Mexican Football much like Carlos Vela and Gio Dos Santos today but was a bad investment for the league. His most notable moment  in MLS was scoring a goal off a corner kick which was misplayed by the opposing defense.

Carlos Hermosillo (LA Galaxy)

A decent MLS career, not a great one. Hermosillo was dropped from the national team by Manuel Lapuente before the 1998 World Cup and then decided to sign in MLS. He did help lead the Galaxy to the 1999 MLS Cup final where they were shut out by DC United. 19 goals in 44 MLS games is a decent tally but nowhere near his goal scoring prowess with Cruz Azul where he scored almost a goal a game between 1996 and 1998.

Luis Hernandez (LA Galaxy)

Perhaps the worst signing in MLS history when you consider the $4 million transfer fee involved. Hernandez came to LA it seems for the social aspect of life and not to play football. A disater of a signing complicated by LA being forced to give up Daniel Hernandez and Clint Mathis to sign Hernandez.

Jose Manual Abundus (New England)

The Toluca legend came to the Revs late in his career and didn’t accomplish much. Nonetheless, he did contribute off the bench to the Revs MLS Cup final run in 2006.

Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Chicago Fire)

Former America’ great has made an impact on the pitch and in the stands bringing America’ fans to MLS for the first time. Easily the best Mexican International signing in the league’s history.

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    December 8, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Im not debating the creditbility of your opinions, but it seems far fetched to compare these players in their years in the MLS with the notion of unfulfilled promise.

    In their youth, all bets would have been off.

    In conclusion, the salary cap must be increased.

  2. silent e

    December 5, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Luis Hernandez was not at all a bad player; his goal tally was fairly good – 15 goals and 14 assists in about 3400 minutes played (regular and postseason combined); and his goals were important ones, coming in years when the Galaxy had trouble scoring. What was disastrous about him was that he was still playing in Mexico and thus only available for half a season, yet the Galaxy still had to give up their players (I recall it being Mathis and Roy Myers and Franchino also left but officially not as part of the deal) for the entire season.

    I think a more interesting question might be why Cuatemoc Blanco’s appearance for the Fire has paid off in marketing terms in a way no other Mexican player’s participation in MLS has. It might be interesting to examine the Spanish-language media here in the US as well as soccer-related media in Mexico for hints about this in player interviews and opinion pieces. I suspect that for many of these players, especially Hermosillo and Hernandez, there was a sense that they themselves did not take the league seriously, while for Blanco there may be no such feeling.

  3. Soccer Guru

    December 5, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Every single player listed is better than the best US player at the same time so while you get your kicks in bashing mexico, they have great players. Look at that list! We’ve never produced a player that would belong the list.

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