Barnes moves to Mexican club

January 11, 2018

Discarded Reggae Boy striker Giles Barnes has completed a move to Mexican side Liga MX Club Leon after six seasons in Major League Soccer.

Leon released a video of a graffiti artist painting the face of the new signing, accompanied by reggae music, leaving fans and the media to speculate that it was Barnes.

Leon started their 2018 Clausura campaign with a 2-1 win away against Atlas and will face Toluca on Saturday in Estadio Leon.

Barnes, 29, last represented the Reggae Boyz at Copa America Centenario Cup in the United States in 2016. He spent last season with Orlando City Lions, scoring three goals and had two assists in 34 appearances from 23 starts for the club.

He was traded to Lions just before the start of the 2017 campaign, but had his contract option declined at the end of the season. His best season in the league came in 2014 with the Houston Dynamo.




That year, England-born Barnes played in and started 34 games for the club, scoring 11 goals and adding five assists to lead the team in scoring, which he did in 2013 as well.

He also helped Houston reach the at MLS Cup in 2012 before being traded to Vancouver midway through the 2016 season.

Barnes leaves MLS with 36 goals and 17 assists in 157 career regular-season appearances. He has three goals in 19 appearances for Jamaica.

Barnes played for Derby County, West Bromwich Albion and Doncaster Rovers in England.

He made headlines last October when a group he was with, including US Women's national team star Alex Morgan, and other Orlando City players, were told to leave Disney World theme park by police.

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