Landon Donovan debuts for Club Leon in Mexico's Liga MX

Landon Donovan debut for Leon - February 10, 2018

Landon Donovan made his Liga MX debut for Club Leon on Saturday night, coming on for the final seven minutes of the club's 2-1 home win over Puebla.

Donovan, who came out of retirement to sign with the Mexican side back on January 12, entered the match in place of goal-scorer Andres "El Rifle" Andrade in the 83rd minute in front of the home crowd at Estadio Leon.

His debut was highlighted by two ball recoveries in central midfield, a few quick passing combinations with his teammates and a cross in the box that was eventually snuffed out by Puebla's defenders.

"It was an important night for us that we won - we needed the three points," Donovan said in his post-match comments. "It's a lot harder to play on the field than in training and I have to improve a lot." 

With the Week 6 victory, Leon now sit in 6th place on 10 points, just four behind leaders Pumas UNAM. There are 11 matches remaining on the 2018 Clausura regular season schedule which will be followed by the liguilla playoffs.

Donovan is not the only former MLS player on Leon's roster, as Giles Barnes also signed with the club this winter. Barnes, who has two appearances in the Copa MX competition, was an unused substitute on Saturday.