Just when we thought Liga MX had a crazy enough week with Jonathan González becoming a member of El Tri and Jéremy Ménez confirming his move to Club América, Landon Donovan surprisingly announced his return to football…but with Club León. Once labeled an enemy of the Mexican game, Donovan has made a big decision to unretire and get in on the Liga MX action.
The move makes this Donovan’s second time coming out of retirement. He previously rejoined his beloved club, LA Galaxy, in 2016, but now is on his way on a much different career path in Liga MX. Although he is officially retired from international football, Donovan may have a big impact on even more US attention towards Liga MX. Already the top-watched league in the United States, joining with former international teammate William Yarbrough at León could make Liga MX nearly unreachable compared to other leagues.
The biggest question is “how much can he offer?” It’s not unusual to see veterans in the Mexican league, but will Landon be a starter or a super-sub type player? Being away from the game doesn’t help his cause for a starting spot, yet, he may find a rhythm with Club León that offers him a chance to contribute at his own pace.
Landon isn’t the only new signing with León. Jamaican forward Giles Barnes has signed on, as well. This makes things interesting because if things click, Club León could have a top attacking threat in the league. However, that all remains to be seen. As of now, León and its fans patiently wait for Landon’s arrival and to see him put on the green jersey.
Buckle up, folks! Liga MX insanity is just getting started in 2018…