Prince Lebbi Jr., of Fairmont, plays for the WCFC Los Toros.Tim Middagh / The Globe

SPORTS: A Liberian, Prince Lebbi Jr. leads scoring for Los Toros football club in U.S.

Lebbi has strictly played as a winger for the Toros. It’s for good reason. Whenever the ball touches, magic can happen.

Prince Lebbi Jr., of Fairmont, plays for the WCFC Los Toros.Tim Middagh / The Globe

WORTHINGTON — Prince Lebbi Jr. is the Worthington Community Football Club leading goal scorer, and he is only 17.

A native of Liberia, Lebbi moved to the United States with his family about five years ago.

“I moved here when I was about 12 years of age. Life in Liberia was pretty tough. We didn’t have much growing up,” Lebbi shared.

He attended Fairmont High School, and said pursuing professional soccer is his life goal.

He has scored four goals through nine United Premier Soccer League games, two of which came in the inaugural game in a 2-2 draw against the Maplebrook 58ers. His second brace came in the first Toros home game against Austin Villa FC. The Toros won 5-2.

Lebbi plays on the left side, just like his soccer role model Alphonso Davies, who was born to Liberian parents and plays for the Canadian National Team and for FC Bayern München in the Bundesliga.

But unlike Davies, who plays both winger and wing-back, Lebbi has strictly played as a winger for the Toros. It’s for good reason. Whenever the ball touches, magic can happen.

In addition to his goal scoring capabilities, Lebbi is an avid passer. When he is on the field, the Toros commitment to short, quick and directional passes are reaffirmed.

Lebbi is also dedicated to his performance. During an interview with The Globe last week, Lebbi was not practicing with the Toros first team, but rather with the Los Dos. He said he tries to train as much as possible, so he practices with both the first and second team.

“The vibe in practice, it’s all love. These guys are pretty much like a father to me,” Lebbi said of his teammates.

Lebbi is a powerful player. His goals have come in a multitude of ways, but the first one for the Toros stands out.

After a WCFC corner kick, Lebbi scored on a loose ball at the top left of the penalty box. A strong and dancing flick gave the Toros its first-ever goal, and then, less than 20 minutes later, Lebbi scored again.

The Toros postseason aspirations were given a setback as Superior City FC defeated Vlora FC 2-1 on Saturday. But with a coach like Eswin Hernandez, who implores his team to play until the referees’ final whistle, and players like Lebbi who never give up on the ball, the Toros final match with Granite City FC at 7 p.m. Saturday at Trojan Field remains a can’t miss experience for the love of area soccer.

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