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MLS Latino of the Week: Darwin Quintero shines for Minnesota United, Efrain Alvarez dazzles in LA

To start the 2019 MLS season, there are 144 players born in Latin American countries who will take the field across the 24 clubs. Many more were born elsewhere but carry roots from the region. To fully gauge how Latinos impact the league, we've created a weekly award to pick a standout, a couple of honorable mentions and on the other end of the spectrum, even a dud of the week.

Here are the most noteworthy performances from Latinos in MLS for Week 1.

Latino of the Week: Darwin Quintero, FW, Minnesota...

LA Galaxy sign Nacional defender Diego Polenta using targeted allocation money

Uruguayan Diego Polenta has joined the LA Galaxy from Nacional ahead of the 2019 season.
Center-back Diego Polenta has joined the LA Galaxy from Nacional.

Uruguayan defender Diego Polenta has signed with the LA Galaxy, the club announced on Thursday.

Polenta, 27, is a left-footed center-back who has spent the past four seasons with Nacional in Uruguay's top division, appearing in 136 matches.

Polenta could be an important addition to the Galaxy's back line, which struggled mightily last season and appeared to lack quality depth heading into this season. The Galaxy acquired Polenta with targeted allocation money (TAM).

"Diego is a strong and gifted...