Carlos Llamosa is a Colombian-American soccer defender who last played for Chivas USA of Major League Soccer.
Llamosa began his professional football career in 1986 with Colombian third division club Colmena. In 1990, he moved to Colombian first division side Huila. In 1991, Llamosa emigrated to the United States to join the rest of his family, which was at the time living in Queens, New York City. Llamosa found a job at the World Trade Center, where he was working during the terrorist attack in 1993.
In 1995, Llamosa reignited his professional career, playing a season with the New York Centaurs of the A-League. In his second season with the club, renamed the Fever, Llamosa was named to the All A-League first team.
Llamosa was subsequently picked up by D.C. United in the 1997 MLS Supplemental Draft, and soon earned a starting spot on the team, finishing the season with 20 starts in 25 games played, while helping the team to a second consecutive MLS Cup. Llamosa remained a fixture in 1998, starting every game that he played in. On October 23, 1998, Llamosa was naturalized as a United States citizen, and earned his first cap on November 6 against Australia, just two weeks after becoming a citizen. Llamosa would go on to play in 29 games for the United States, including the 1999 Confederations Cup and 2002 World Cup Qualifiers. He made two substitute appearances during the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
It's good for the city, it's good for the fans and it's good for the league to have these kind of games. You see that every other league in the world has those kind of games. (These games) basically sell out stadiums.
It's been practically a year now that I've been playing and the knee has not given me problems. The injury doesn't really concern me. What concerns me is trying to win a starting spot. There are very good and experienced players in the back so I have to show the coach every day that I can and want to be a starter.