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Club León win CONCACAF Champions League: Who is goalscorer Lucas Di Yorio?

The Argentinian striker wrote his name into the history books with Sunday’s winner, but could soon find himself out of the club.

Lucas Di Yorio could soon leave despite famous strike
Adrian Macias

Club León were crowned CONCACAF champions for the first time in their history on Sunday evening after defeating LAFC 3-1 on aggregate.

The Mexican side held a 2-1 lead from the first leg in León and secured the trophy in Los Angeles thanks to a first half strike from Lucas Di Yorio.

“It’s a beautiful emotion, very happy,” Di Yorio said after the game. “We are deserved winners in the final.”

“We knew how to handle the moments, when we had to grit our teeth,” he continued “When we had to play, we all played.”

Lucas Di Yorio's effort bounced past John McCarthy in the LAFC goal.
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Lucas Di Yorio's effort bounced past John McCarthy in the LAFC goal.Kirby LeeUSA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

Di Yorio found the back of the net in the 20th minute at the BMO Stadium with a scruffy finish that deceived John McCarthy in the LAFC net. McCarthy kept his side in the tie at times in the first leg, but was at fault for the crucial goal in the return fixture.

Will Lucas Di Yorio stay at Club León?

With his goal against LAFC, Lucas Di Yorio wrote his name into the illustrious history of Club León. The 26-year-old’s goal wins them their first CONCACAF honour, but his future at the club remains in doubt.

The CCL goal-scorer is only at León on loan from Mexican side Pachuca. His temporary deal with Club León expires at the end of the month, which means that he could leave the club just weeks after his famous goal.

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During his time with León the pacey striker has scored 13 goals in 40 matches, but has only managed three goals in the Clausura. In the final against LAFC, however, his pace and dribbling ability belied his 6ft3 frame and he was a very effective out ball in Los Angeles.

Di Yorio was born in Argentina but moved overseas to sign for Uruguayan side Cerro Largo in 2021. The following year he moved to Pachuca, from where he has had two loans.

The first, a brief spell at Chilean side CD Everton was fairly uneventful and the club were not convinced to snap him up on a permanent basis. Now, after scoring one of the most important goals in the club’s history, León may be tempted to keep him there beyond this month.