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Toros Bring Aboard ‘El Puma’ Pimentel

By Staff, 04/27/21, 4:21PM EDT


Former Club America defender brings title-winning experience to Rio Grande Valley

New Rio Grande Valley FC signing Erik 'El Puma' Pimentel won both Liga MX and the Concacaf Champions League twice during his time with Liga MX powerhouse Club America.

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley FC announced on Tuesday the club had signed former Club América defender Erik Pimentel for the 2021 USL Championship season. The signing is pending league and federation approval. 

“Erik is a great and important addition to our club. His leadership, talent and experience will be a key role for us on and off the field,” said Wilmer Cabrera, Toros Head Coach and Sporting Director. “He is a fantastic professional and was very motivated to be part of this project with the Toros and that is a plus.”

Pimentel joins RGV FC with a wealth of experience from his time at Club America. The 30-year-old made 82 appearances for the club while recording two goals and one assist, scoring his first goal in win against C.F. Monterrey on Mar. 2, 2014. Pimentel also found the net during the group stage of Copa MX on Aug. 15, 2012 against Correcaminos de la UAT.

In addition, Pimentel earned four championships with Club América – two Liga MX titles (2014/2015, 2012/2013) and two Concacaf Champions League titles (2015/2016, 2014/2015), and has made appearances in the FIFA Club World Cup and the Liga MX’s Campeón de Campeones during his professional career.

“For me, arriving at this great institution such as Toros, it makes me feel very excited and committed,” said Pimentel. “I come with all the desire to succeed collectively and individually, setting goals how it is to be champions.”

More recently, Pinentel competed for Correcaminos de la UAT from Liga Expansión MX during the 2020-21 campaign. The defender made 10 appearances and recorded 866 minutes of action. Prior to Correcaminos, Pimentel spent two seasons in Guatemala with Deportivo Mixco from the Liga Nacional Apertura, making 18 appearances with the club.

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