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MLS now has more pull with South Americans - ex-Villa star Angel

Juan Pablo Angel believes Major League Soccer has become a competition worthy of bringing quality players from South America.

The 36-year old Chivas USA striker is aware that more and more fellow Colombians are joining him in North America's top flight and feels that if the current ones continue to play well, then there will be more an influx in the future.

"When you have a number of players who come here, they do well, they perform well for every team, I think it just kind of gives opportunity to the rest of the guys down there to have a chance to come here," the former Aston Villa and New York Red Bulls star said.

"As long as the ones that are in the league keep performing well, I think the door is going to be open for new Colombians to come here."

And Angel feels that there are a number of players from other areas of South America which are now looking at MLS as a possible landing pad rather than staying at home.

"The league is getting bigger, getting stronger and getting exposure," Angel added.

"If you want to make a big jump and have a transition into other leagues, MLS is becoming that. Instead of going to a middle team in Argentina or a low team in Argentina or Brazil or Uruguay or Chile, they'd rather come to the States.

"The league is getting more exposure, it's competitive and it's good for a learning process."

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Andrew Slevison
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