Canadian striker Adriana Leon leaves West Ham, England for Manchester United.
A 29-year-old boy from King City, Ontario, who spent the last three and a half years on a hammer, signed with Red Devils from 2023 to the end of the 24 season.
"Adriana is a player who excites fans and provides a valuable experience both on and off the field," United coach Mark Skinner said in a statement. "When I talked about coming to Manchester United, she expressed her self-confidence and fearlessness, so I was very impressed with Adriana's personality.
"Her flexibility to play effectively in multiple positions while fiercely attacking and defending one-on-one duels adds great versatility to our ever-developing team.
Manchester United finished fourth last season with a 12-4-6 record in the FA Women's Super League.
Leon scored 13 goals in 59 West Ham games. On the international side, she has played 81 games in Canada and scored 23 goals.
"We couldn't give any more excitement and honor to join this historic football club," Leon said in a statement. "Being the first Canadian female player to play for Manchester United gives me great pride and excitement. I can't wait to join this talented group and wear the famous red jersey. Hmm. "
Leon is currently in Canada at the CONCACAFW Championship in Mexico.
"I'm very happy and very proud here. I think it's a great move for her," he told NWSL Portland Thorns now. I'm Janin Becky, a Canadian forward who is a former Manchester City player.
"I think United will be challenged differently than West Ham. They are clearly the top candidates for WSL, which continues to grow each year."
Canada Added coach Bev Priestman. "I'm excited because Adriana is probably the height of her career. It's the sharpest I've ever seen. She suffered two major injuries (and) counterattacked. She was important to us at the (Tokyo) Olympics — you think about the goals of that Team GB (UK).
"And when you go to a club like Manchester United, that I think the scrutiny will only push Adriana to where she really wants to be in the World Cup and the Olympics. "
This report by the Canadian Press was first published on July 4, 2022. Published in.