Chivas USA land Argentine forward Leandro Barrera on loan from Argentinos Juniors
Chivas USA added another piece to their attack on Thursday, announcing the acquisition of forward Leandro Barrera (pictured above, left) on loan from Argentina's Argentinos Juniors.
Barrera, 23, comes to Southern California after six seasons at Argentinos and is expected to be eliglble for the team's season opener against the Chicago Fire on Sunday (3 pm ET, UniMas), pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.
“Leandro is a fast, left-footed player who gives us a lot of possibilities in the attack,” Chivas USA head coach Wilmer Cabrera said in a statement. “Though young, his experience, speed and his good technique are characteristics that are always welcome in this league. He is also very motivated and has a very strong desire to be here with us.”
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A self-described playmaker who likes to create from the left wing, Barrera will now team up with fellow countrymen Mauro Rosales and Agustín Pelletieri, who were acquired by the Rebaño Angelino this offseason. The forward joined Chivas during their three-week preseason road trip and made three appearances to help lead the Goats to a 1-0-3 record at the Desert Diamond Cup.
Barrera made his professional debut with Argentinos in 2010 and has racked up three goals across 42 appearances for the Buenos Aires-based club. He has also received a pair of call-ups to the Argentine U-20 national team