Club Leon fools everyone with marketing ploy for MLS friendly

Associated Press

Landon Donovan’s new team Club Leon used a sneaky marketing ploy to announce an upcoming March friendly with Major League Soccer club San Jose Earthquakes.

The Liga MX side posted a tweet that read, “Landon Donovan will return to his country in March, following interest from San Jose Earthquake of MLS” which had everyone believing that Donovan could be returning to Major League Soccer to play for a new team.

Instead, it turned out to just be a mischievous announcement for a friendly on March 24th, with Donovan returning to play his first MLS club, with whom he won the 2003 MLS Cup while on loan from Bayer Leverkusen.

However, the club later tweeted that it was just a joke, and that Donovan will be returning with the squad to the United States for the friendly. The game falls during a FIFA international break, on a weekend that San Jose happens to have off during the opening month of the MLS season.

Donovan made his Club Leon debut over the weekend, coming on as an 83rd-minute substitute in a 2-1 win over Puebla, Club Leon’s first win in Liga MX play in its last four matches.