In recent times, the main sports competitions in the United States have had a greater impact on the Latin American public.
This is mainly due to the incorporation of outstanding athletes of Latin origin to the most important tournaments of the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB and the PGA Tour.
These are some of the Latin American athletes that stand out the most in the United States:
NFL (National Football League)
The native of Talcahuano, in southern Chile, became the first player from his country to join the NFL after signing for the Washington Football Team in 2021.
Reyes started playing basketball, in fact, he was part of the Chilean team. At age 14, he moved to the United States after receiving a scholarship to play college basketball in Tulane until 2020 when he began playing football.
The Monterrey-born Mexican arrived at the Dallas Cowboys in 2020. After participating in some preseason games, the player is now part of the institution’s development team and trains hard to be considered on the final list of the Dallas squad.
Alarcón is two meters tall and weighs 145 kilos, so the team’s managers hope that he can provide great physical power on the offensive line.
NHL (National Hockey League)
Player of Mexican origin who belongs to the ranks of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He made his debut in a game against the Otawa Senators scoring four goals.
Thanks to 41 goals he scored in the 56-game compressed tournament of 2021, Matthews became the first player with Latino roots to win the Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy awarded to the leading scorer of a season in the NHL.
Fernando Tatís Jr.
He was born in the Dominican Republic in January 1999. He is currently part of the San Diego Padres where he arrived in 2019.
He made his debut in March of that year against the San Francisco Giants and a month later achieved the first hun run of his professional career (Arizona Diamondbacks).
In November of that year, he won the National League Rookie of the Year award. Other distinctions that the Venezuelan adds: Two Silver Bats (2019 and 2020), two All-Star Games (2019 and 2020) and twice the second ALL-MLB Team (2019 and 2020).
The “Magician” as he is known, was born in December 1992 in Puerto Rico. He currently belongs to the Detroit Tigers, but before in the MLB he had steps through the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs.
Báez became a two-time National League All-Star in Chicago and finished second in the league MVP vote in 2018. As a result of his good performance, his arrival in Detroit was sealed after a deal close to 140 million. of dollars.
NBA (National Basketball Association)
The point guard of the Denvers Nuggets is originally from Córdoba, Argentina. He has defended his national team at the London, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo Olympics. He earned a silver medal at the 2019 World Cup.
According to experts, he is an elite defender and a great passer who can also stand out as a three-point shooter.
He is considered one of the most prominent Latino players in the NBA and the main star of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In the last season, the Dominican had a good season with a line of 24.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.
The Dominican returned to the Celtics this year after spending two seasons with the 76ers and the Thunder.
He is an efficient player who at 35 still has a lot to contribute to the team. He is especially expected to help with his experience after adding 14 NBA seasons.
The Mexican will play his second full season with the Golden State Warriors. He’s coming off averaging 5.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, and has become one of Steve Kerr’s rotation favorites on the team.
Together with his teammates, he hopes that this season will be different from the previous one in which they were left without a playoffs for the second consecutive year.
The 30-year-old Mexican is the most talented Latino on the PGA Tour. This season he won his first title, winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which made him the fourth Mexican in history to win this event.
It is currently in eleventh place in the rankings and reached eighth in August this year.
This season he also represented Mexico at the Tokyo Olympics.
According to specialists, he is the best golfer Chilean in history. At just 23 years old, he is number 29 in the ranking and this year he also participated in the Tokyo Olympics defending Chile, ranking among the top ten in the competition.
In 2017, Niemann became the first Latin American to obtain the McCormack medal after finishing the year as the best amateur golfer. This allowed him to play the US Open and the British Open.
JoaKing aims high for 2022, as he has indicated in several interviews that he hopes to win a major.
Another of the most outstanding Latin American golfers of the moment. Ortiz was born in Guadalajara in 1991 and in February of this year he achieved his best ranking (44).
He made his debut in the competition in the 2013 season and in 2020 he won the Houston Open of the PGA Tour, being the third Mexican to do so after Víctor Regalado and César Sanudo.