michael de leeuw back in the eredivisie

17:30    02 Jan 2019

Eredivisie club FC Emmen have confirmed the signing of Dutch forward Michael de Leeuw from Major Soccer League side Chicago Fire.

The 32-year-old saw out his deal with Fire, who declined an option on his contract at the end of the 2018 MLS season.

Though American club announced they were negotiating with de Leeuw at the end of November, he ultimately decided to sign in his home country, where he will also be reunited with former head coach Dick Lukkien.

De Leeuw completed his return to the Dutch top flight earlier this week, signing a one-and-a-half year deal with the option of another.

De Leeuw came through the Willem II academy before spells with SC Veendam, De Graafschap, and Groningen.

He signed with the Fire in 2016 and made 57 appearances, scoring 12 goals and adding 13 assists.

An ACL injury suffered at the end of the 2017 regular season sidelined him for over 10 months. He returned to the field in August this year, making nine appearances for the Fire this past season, chipping in with two goals and two assists.

De Leeuw adds some much-needed experience and class to the FC Emmen side that currently sits 13th in the table and is aiming to secure survival in their first ever Eredivisie campaign.

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