Landon Donovan made his Liga MX debut for Leon in Saturday’s match towards Puebla.
Donovan got here out of retirement to hitch Leon within the offseason and hadn’t performed in knowledgeable match since Nov. 6, 2016, when he went forty five minutes for the LA Galaxy in a playoff recreation that capped his first comeback. This return was introduced Jan. thirteen , however the all-time main scorer for the USA males’s nationwide group has been working to get again to match health.
Leon began the season properly however has been outscored 9-1 in its earlier two matches, falling four-zero to Necaxa at residence in Jornada four and dropping to Monterrey 5-1 final weekend. That had put strain on Donovan not solely to debut towards Puebla as had been speculated however to assist an assault that has been unable to realize the extent it confirmed final event.
Donovan’s fellow offseason acquisitions, former MLS ahead Giles Barnes and Malaga loanee Emanuel Cecchini, are also but to make their Leon debuts. Barnes was on the bench for Saturday’s match.
In a traditional season, Puebla can be a welcomed visitor for a struggling staff, however this yr La Franja are off to a scorching begin. They’re coming off a 2-zero win final weekend towards Chivas and now have taken three factors off Tigres and Veracruz. The guests can be with out suspended Alejandro Chumacero as a result of he was proven a purple card final week.
Donovan has now resumed a profession that noticed him turn out to be one of the crucial adorned gamers in U.S. nationwide staff historical past, incomes 157 caps and a document-tying fifty seven objectives. A six-time MLS Cup champion, Donovan turned the league’s all-time chief with one hundred forty five objectives and 136 assists — prompting MLS to call its MVP award in his honor shortly after his preliminary retirement in December 2014.