Argentine forward Leandro Barrera joined the Chivas USA on loan from Asociación Atlética Argentinos Juniors in the country’s First Division.
A self-described playmaker who likes to create from the left wing, Barrera will now team up with fellow countrymen Mauro Rosales and Agustin Pelletieri, who were acquired by the Rebaño Angelino in the off-season.
Born in the province of Mendoza, Barrera was raised in neighboring San Juan, where he began honing his soccer skills at the Escuelita de Fútbol de Santa Lucía. After gaining the attention of Argentinos Juniors, the left-sided forward signed with the Buenos Aires-based club in February 2006.
Barrera ascended through the youth ranks and made his professional debut in 2010 during the Apertura tournament, a season after the club was crowned champions of the 2010 Clausura. The forward went on to appear in 42 matches while tallying three goals for the Bichos Colorados.
The attacker’s talents also earned him a pair of call-ups to Argentina’s Under-20 National Team, the first under the leadership of Sergio Batista, who also served a stint as head coach for La Albiceleste’s senior squad, followed by his most recent under Walter Perazo.