Venezuelan forward Emilio Renteria joined the Columbus Crew in August of 2009. Since then, he has been terrorizing defenses not only in MLS play, but also in the U.S. Open Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League.
Renteria started his soccer career is his hometown of Caracas, Venezuela, playing for Caracas FC’s youth squad. From there, he headed to Levante UD, where he spent four years in the second division in Spain. He returned to his native country in 2004, playing for Deportivo Italia for one year. His next stop was at UA Maracaibo, where he helped the team appear in the Copa Libertadores for two consecutive seasons. Renteria’s career came full circle in in 2007 when he signed for Caracas FC once again. He helped lead his hometown team to two more Copa Libertadores appearances, including a run to the quarterfinals in 2009. Renteria’s successful career has even earned him multiple caps for the Venezuelan national team.
Since joining the Crew, Renteria has scored one goal in the U.S. Open Cup, three goals in the CONCACAF Champions League, and thirteen goals in MLS. In 2011, he scored 8 goals in only 1159 minutes of playing time.
Although he is often unfortunately injured for long lengths of time, he always makes a huge impact when on the field. Bulldozing over any opposing player that gets between him and the ball, Renteria once hit a penalty kick so hard that it lifted the goal posts off of the ground. This constant expression of power lead Crew fans to start calling him “El Toro Negro.” The black bull.