US international Miguel Ibarra has moved from American second tier side Minnesota United to Mexican Liga MX side Club Leon.
In October 2014 Ibarra made history when he became the first non MLS player to be called up to the US national team since 2005. He has gone on to win three caps for his country.
Leon have been in desperate need of reinforcements. 12 months ago they had just won consecutive Liga MX titles, but in the most recent Clausura they finished in 17th spot, shorn of some of their best talents and with a new manager following Gustavo Matosas’ departure to Club America.
Before leaving Minnesota, Ibarra was named in the NASL Best XI in both 2013 and 2014 and won the NASL Golden Ball and MVP awards in 2014.
It is thought that US reserve keeper William Yarbrough, who also plays for Leon, was a key figure in convincing Ibarra to make the jump.
“You hate to say goodbye to a player like this, but the reality is that this deal is a win for the club, for Miguel and for Leon”, said Minnesota president Nick Rogers to mlssoccer.com