MLS: Clash's Wynalda Loaned to Leon

San Jose Clash forward Eric Wynalda, the United States' all-time leading goal scorer, has been loaned to Mexican First Division club Leon for the upcoming Torneo Verano. The striker will return to MLS at the season's conclusion in May. "This is a very good opportunity for Eric," said MLS Deputy Commissioner Sunil Gulati. "He will be playing for one of the top teams in Mexico. Eric has performed well with the national team in training and wanted to play a full schedule of games during the winter. We're looking forward to his return to Major League Soccer later this spring." Gulati personally flew down to Mexico to finalize Wynalda's loan with Leon. The signing deadline for the Mexican first division ws today (Jan. 14) at 7 p.m. EST. "I'm excited about competing in games against top-level competition during the winter months," Wynalda said. "My experience playing in Mexico will certainly help prepare me for the MLS season." A nine-year veteran of the U.S. national team, the Westlake Village native leads all scorers, tallying 32 goals in 101 appearances. Since joining the Clash in 1996, the forward has contributed 21 goals and 29 assists in 57 MLS games.
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