EDINBURG, Texas (Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2021) – Rio Grande Valley FC has signed former Club América defender Erik Pimentel for the 2021 USL Championship season, the team announced today. 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 América. 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, Pimentel 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.
Prior to moving to Guatemala, the center-back made 18 appearances in Liga MX between 2017 and 2019 with Puebla FC.
With the addition of Pimentel, the Toros now have a total of 20 rostered players.
TRANSACTION: Rio Grande Valley FC signed defender Erik Pimentel.
FULL NAME: Erik Pimentel
DATE OF BIRTH: May 15, 1990
BIRTHPLACE: Coacalco de Berriozábal, México
HOMETOWN: Coacalco de Berriozábal, México
FIFA NATIONALITY: México
ABOUT RIO GRANDE VALLEY FC
The Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (RGV FC) enter their sixth season in the United Soccer League (USL) Championship in 2021. The club plays at H-E-B Park, a state-of-the-art soccer specific stadium that holds 9,700 people, the club trains in H-E-B Park's world class training facility adjacent to the stadium. RGV FC is the only professional soccer team located within the Rio Grande Valley. In 2016, RGV FC became USL's first team to develop a hybrid affiliation model with a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise. This partnership, with Houston Dynamo FC, began in 2016. The relationship has now evolved into a more traditional USL/MLS affiliation where RGV FC manages all aspects of the club and the Dynamo are able to loan players to the Toros for development purposes. For more information, please visit www.RGVFC.com.
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