The young goalie made a quick impression in the Liga MX and now could become the face of Cruz Azul for the next three years.
After many weeks of speculation, goalie Sebastian Jurado will wear a Cruz Azul jersey next three years. The Cementeros had tried to sign the young keeper this past summer, but the Veracruz native opted to stay with his home town team. But since the Tiburones were disaffiliated earlier this month, Jurado became a free agent.
Cruz Azul has been searching for a good young goalkeeper since team captain Jesus Corona turns 39 in January. But since Jurado, 22, became a free agent quite a few Liga MX teams have come knocking at his door. In addition to Cruz Azul, the Tigres, Monterrey, Pachuca and Morelia were in contact with him.
Cruz Azul apparently made the most sense to Jurado, due to the team’s proud history. It seems likely that Corona – who has a contract through the Clausura 2020 – will remain the starter and Jurado will learn from him. However, there’s also the chance the Cementeros will allow Corona to leave for another starting position elsewhere.
Jurado made his Liga MX debut with the Tiburones on Nov. 9, 2018, and quickly showed he was up to the task even though Veracruz was going through a rough patch. Statistically, Jurado did not have great numbers (90 goals allowed in 40 games and only two clean sheets), but he regularly made spectacular saves.
His performances earned him a spot on the Under-21 team and then the Under-23 team. He also earned an invitation to a senior team training camp in September but did not see action in any games.