Many didn't believe it when the news first broke on Friday night, but Landon Donovan
was introduced to Leon fans on Monday night, confirming that he has indeed signed with the Mexican club.
Thousands turned out at the Estadio Leon to see the 35-year-old American, who has not played since the LA Galaxy was eliminated from the 2016 MLS playoffs, show off his new No. 20 jersey.
“I’m very excited," he said of all the fans who came out for his unveiling. "I did not expect that, it was amazing, now I
just want to play and be on the field. It is Monday, and very late and people are here."
While some considered the move a publicity stunt by Leon and doomed to failure -- former Leon vice
president Francisco Gabriel de Anda
, who works for ESPN Deportes as an analyst, said
Donovan will bring nothing to Leon in terms of soccer --
the six-time MLS champion said he thought carefully about making the move.
"I know that if I commit myself to this," he said at a press conference in Leon, "there is no chance of failure
so it's incumbent on me to make sure I commit myself."