Comes out of retirement (again) to sign with Club Leon

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On Friday night Club Leon in Liga MX announced that it had signed for U.S. national team legend Landon Donovan who will come out of retirement to join the Liga MX Club.

The story had originally surfaced as a rumor on Wednesday but with no real momentum.

Many thought it was a hoax but it turned out to be true. But the joint-top USMNT scorer is a name that's nothing but familiar to Mexico.

The marketing gimmick seemed to work.

Donovan, the all-time Major League Soccer scoring leader whose career included brief stints with Everton and Bayern Munich, confirmed the deal on Twitter after an overnight announcement on the Mexican team's Twitter account. It was the source of so much joy for him, but also of so much pressure. "Hey, I was planning on doing that anyway", McIlroy said. Club Leon is a historic & winning team. I don't believe in walls, I want to go to Mexico, wear green and win trophies with Leon.

The signing naturally conjured strong opinions. David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports The jersey collage was comprised of pieces of all the U.S. national team jerseys Donovan has worn in his career.

Landon Donovan last played professionally for the L.A. Galaxy in 2016. He also played in six Gold Cups and won four titles. Whether or not those aspirations can be fulfilled in Leon is a question about which it's plenty fair to have some skepticism.

There is no obvious place for Donovan in the Leon starting XI. He first comeback came in 2016 when he made six appearances for the Los Angeles Galaxy, returning to retirement after they were eliminated by Colorado in the MLS playoffs. He arrives in Mexico less than two months shy of his 36th birthday and has played just 455 professional minutes in the past three years. Getting back to full fitness will be a chore, never mind reaching a level of play to impact a league with better overall quality than MLS. Is Donovan going to be a difference-maker going forward? Donovan signaled the move in a tweet to Leon president Jesus Martinez: "I loved the city, it's the best fans". The front three of Elias Hernandez, Mauro Boselli and Andres Andrade is fairly established, with Luis Montes slotting in behind: a position Donovan could occupy.