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Sports Teams and Events

Soccer

Colombianos are passionate about their soccer and soccer matches are hotly contested, emotional events. A number of fine professional Colombian soccer players have come to the United States to play on U.S. teams.

Our local professional men’s soccer team, DC United, occasionally has players from Colombia. Former DC United player, Carlos Llamosa from Colombia, helped DC United win two MLS cups and recently returned to US soccer playing for the Chivas USA team.

For the most recent information on the DC United team and game schedules, click here. For information on other Major League Soccer players, click here.

If you are looking for Colombian national soccer uniforms for kids, Soccer Kicks at 6029 Wilson Blvd., Arlington VA (703-533-1667) usually has them. Call before you go to check available sizes.

Baseball

Baseball is growing in popularity in Colombia. Some Colombian players have made it onto major league teams here in the United States. Currently (2006 season), three major leaguers are from Colombia: Orlando Cabrera for the Los Angeles Angels, Edgar Renteria of the Atlanta Braves, and Emiliano Fruto, a pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. Over time, eight Colombian natives have played in the major leagues, but that number may be increasing as over 40 Colombians are playing at any time in the minor leagues. For a list of Colombian major league players (past and present), click here and specify Colombia for the country.

To go to a local baseball game, either the Nationals or the Orioles are the best bet or their minor league farm teams. For schedules and tickets, see:

  • Washington Nationals website has information about the new Major League Baseball team in Washington DC.
  • Baltimore Orioles website has information about the Major League Baseball team in Baltimore, MD.
  • Potomac Nationals are a minor league club of the Washington Nationals, located in Woodbridge, VA.
  • Frederick (MD) Keys are a minor league club of the Baltimore Orioles.
  • Bowie Baysox are another minor league club of the Baltimore Orioles.

Golf

The sport of golf also is growing in popularity in Colombia. Recently, golfer Camilo Villegas from Antioquia has made a strong showing in the US PGA tour. To follow his progress, watch for upcoming PGA events, including some played locally in the Washington area. For current PGA tour information, click here.