Usuriaga in 1994
|Full name||Albeiro Usurriaga López|
|Date of birth||12 June 1966|
|Place of birth||Cali, Colombia|
|Date of death||11 February 2004(aged 37)|
|Place of death||Cali, Colombia|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Usuriaga first came to prominence with Medellín's Atlético Nacional, scoring four goals in a 6–0 win against Danubio F.C. for the 1989 edition of the Libertadores Cup and adding another against Club Olimpia in the final (2–0 in the second leg in Paraguay), in an eventual penalty shootout win. goalkeeper René Higuita was amongst his teammates.
After playing two season halves in Spain with CD Málaga – Málaga CF's predecessor – and having a three-year spell with América de Cali, Usuriaga rarely settled with a team and continuously changed countries, appearing for Club Atlético Independiente (two stints), Club Necaxa, Barcelona Sporting Club, Santos FC, Club Deportivo Los Millonarios, Atlético Bucaramanga, General Paz Juniors, All Boys, Deportivo Pasto, Club Sportivo Luqueño and Carabobo FC.
In the 1993–94 season, Usuriaga contributed with four goals as Argentina's Independiente won the Clausura tournament. Three years later, whilst with the same team, he was handed a two-year ban by the Argentine Football Association after testing positive for cocaine. After playing in various levels of football, he retired from the game in 2003, at the age of 37.
Usuriaga was later, however, omitted from the final squad in Italy due to disciplinary problems.
On 11 February 2004, 37-year-old Usuriaga was gunned down while playing a card game in a nightclub district in his hometown of Cali, in unclear circumstances. It later surfaced he was murdered by hired killers, ordered by criminal Jefferson Valdez Marín who was dating his former girlfriend.
- Former Colombia soccer player Albeiro Usuriaga shot dead Archived 22 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine; CBS Sports, 11 February 2004
- Conozca la historia de la banda que mató al ‘Palomo’ Usuriaga (Know the story of the gang who killed ‘Palomo’ Usuriaga); El País, 3 July 2014 (in Spanish)
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