The 22-year-old Veracruz goalkeeper had a breakout Clausura 2019, but does not yet have a league win.
Sebastian Jurado was a real revelation last season after making his debut in November 2018 for his hometown team, the Tiburones of Veracruz. He demonstrated cat-like quickness and good natural instincts for a goalie, but his fantastic saves have been all for naught.
Veracruz has not won a game since August of 2018, setting a world record in the process for most consecutive league games without a victory. This has been a real disappointment for Jurado because he has done his part to try to end this winless streak.
Veracruz almost recorded their first win in 13 months on Sunday night as the Tiburones forged a second-half lead behind a goal thanks to a goal by Bryan Carrasco in the 73rd minute. The stage was set for Jurado to celebrate a very happy birthday weekend (his birthday is Sept. 28), but it was not to be.
With the final seconds of the game ticking away, Toluca teenager Kevin Castañeda received a pass way outside the box and took a quick shot that zipped past a motionless Jurado who could only watch in agony as the ball rippled the back of the net. The goal came in minute 90+4.
The late tie pushed Veracruz’s winless streak to 38 games, extending their ignominious world record for first division clubs.
The Tiburones might be able to take some satisfaction from the fact that a Bulgarian club – FC Chernomorets Burgas – once went 43 games without a victory. But that doesn’t truly remove the sting of defeats and heartbreaking draws.
The near win deflated the home fans at Estadio Luis “Pirata” de la Fuente who were all ready to let loose with a massive celebration. It was especially hard on Jurado who has demonstrated passion and love for his hometown Tiburones, declining to consider a trade to another team over the summer. Cruz Azul was said to be recruiting him, but Jurado asked not to be sold, instead expressing his desire to remain in Veracruz.
The young goalie this week will take part in a short training camp with El Tri ahead of a friendly match against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday. Team Mexico is preparing to take part in the inaugural Concacaf Nations League, with its first game next week against Bermuda.