FC Juarez All-Time Scorer Leandro Carrijo Signs with Locomotive
El Paso Locomotive FC made another splash addition this morning with Leandro Carrijo. The 34-year old forward is the all-time goal scorer for FC Juarez. Three weeks after he was released by Los Bravos, Carrijo was snatched up by the Locomotive.
In 102 career matches with FC Juarez, Carrijo scored 73 goals. In addition to Mexico, the veteran striker has played professionally in Hong Kong and Brazil. "Leandro has been a proven goal scorer throughout his career, his quality is undeniable, and I’m looking forward to seeing him playing in our system and staying in a region where he is already loved by so many," Locomotive FC head coach and technical director Mark Lowry said in the official team release.
Along with the loan extension of Aaron Gomez and recent signing of Eder Borelli, Carrijo becomes the third former member of FC Juarez to join Locomotive FC. I asked 600 ESPN El Paso soccer columnist Joe Rodriguez about what part of the veteran striker's game he is most excited about. "One of Carrijo's most interesting qualities as a striker is his ability to receive the ball at his feet in the opposing goal box when he has a defender on his back and then turn around and take a shot on goal," Rodriguez explained. "Think of it as Jordan's turnaround fadeaway shot...nearly impossible to defend. Never have I ever seen anyone do that in a quicker manner than Carrijo on a soccer field. Despite his age, that skill has remained intact."
El Paso Locomotive FC are back in action tomorrow night when they host New Mexico United at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN+ with Duke Keith and Michael Balogun on the call.