clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Landon Donovan to exit his second retirement to play for León

Is this real? This is real.

Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoff Semifinal - Colorado Rapids v Los Angeles Galaxy Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images

While you were probably out enjoying your Friday night or examining the back of your eyelids, Landon Donovan was busy breaking the internet. The former LA Galaxy and United States legend has decided to exit retirement for the second time and sign with Club Leon in Liga MX. The 35-year-old last played in 2016, when he came out of retirement the first time to return to the Galaxy.

The rumors have been brewing the last few days, as Donovan visited the city of Leon and the club. Friday night, in a tweet composed in Spanish, Donovan said: “I loved the city...Club Leon is a historic and winning team. I don’t believe in walls, I want to go to Mexico, dress in green and win trophies with Leon. I’ll see you soon!” The team then posted the tweet officially welcoming Donovan to the club.

Donovan would join fellow American and fringe USMNT goalkeeper William Yarbrough along with recent signee Giles Barnes, who played last season at Orlando City and recently signed with Club Leon. Donovan hasn’t officially signed with the club yet, but ESPN is reporting it will be a one year deal. Leon began their Clausura campaign last weekend, and their next Liga MX match will be this evening at home against Toluca. Next week, Leon will have a Copa MX match on Tuesday on the road against Cafetaleros and then continue on the road to play Cruz Azul in Liga MX action on the 20th. If the signature is completed, Donovan could be presented to the home crowd this evening with the possibility of being available to play next week.

What do you think of this astonishing news?