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More and more Latinos are part of the country's teams. Photo: Courtesy.
More and more Latinos are joining the country's club and national teams. Courtesy photo.

Latinos will change soccer in the United States

Former soccer player Wilfredo Meléndez García said Latinos are the future on the pitch in the U.S.

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Former Venezuelan soccer player Wilfredo Meléndez García, who is now a coach at the Doral Soccer Club Academy in Florida, said Latinos will change soccer in the U.S. because of the new talent that's arriving from Mexico, Central and South America. 

"In the medium term, this will continue to drive the growth of soccer in the United States, as coaches and players bring a wealth of experience and skills. Many have been successful in their home countries and bring their methodologies and tactics, which has allowed U.S. players to learn from the best," he said.

Meléndez García said that, in his opinion, the presence of Latino players on U.S. teams has also helped in another matter of great social importance by increasing diversity in soccer and interest among U.S. Hispanic communities.

"We will soon have the Copa America and the World Cup in the country, which will further relaunch the soccer culture here," said the coach, currently certified by the Venezuelan Soccer Federation and the United States Soccer Association.

The coach began his career as a professional soccer player in Venezuela between 2003 and 2012, where he played in national and international tournaments endorsed by the Venezuelan Soccer Federation and the South American Confederation (CONMEBOL).

In 2019, Meléndez García received recognition from the Mayor's Office of Doral for his sporting triumphs. The same year, he was in Miami for the recruitment of talent for the renowned Atletico de Madrid Soccer Academy.

He currently serves as coach of the Doral Soccer Club Academy, a club among the top in the country and a feeder to Inter Miami, the MLS professional team founded by David Beckham.

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