Almost exactly one year after suffering a serious knee injury, American midfielder Richie Ledezma is back on the field.
Ledezma played his first minutes of game time since suffering a torn ACL in the fall of 2020. The 21-year came off the bench and played 45 minutes for PSV’s second team, Jong PSV, in a 3-2 Eerste Divisie loss to De Graafschap on Monday. It was Ledezma’s first appearance since December 2020 after he recovered from a torn ACL suffered in Europa League play last fall.
The Arizona native turned in a positive half of play for Ruud van Nistelrooy’s side, creating the most chances in the match (4) and completing 88% of his passes.
Last season, Ledezma made nine appearances for Jong PSV with two goals and two assists to his name. He started to break into the PSV first team last year, with three Eredivisie appearances and three Europa League appearances. Ledezma suffered his injury in a 4-0 win over Cypriot club Omonia Nicosia and had been out of action since.
Ledezma, who played for the United States at the Under-20 World Cup in 2019, made his USMNT debut in November of 2020 in a 6-2 win over Panama. The midfielder registered two assists in that match.
PSV’s senior team enters the final group stage match of its current Europa League campaign on Thursday against Real Sociedad. PSV sits second in Group B and has a chance to lock up a knockout stage spot with a win or draw.
Ledezma’s next opportunity to feature for Jong PSV comes on Friday at FC Volendam.