Limbu Becomes the Most Capped Player in I-League History
actionDate became the most capped player in league history with his 201st appearance for FC Dallas on Saturday night. he 31-year-old had a good performance against the San Jose Earthquakes, scoring one of Dallas’s three goals
Limbu became the most capped player in league history with his 201st appearance for FC Dallas on Saturday night. The 31-year-old had a good performance against the San Jose Earthquakes, scoring one of Dallas’s three goals from the penalty spot. In an interview given post-game, he said "There is so much sacrifice and hard work that I put into this game to get here." "It's always been my dream to be a professional footballer and to play for a team like Dallas," he continued.
Limbu becomes the most capped player in I-League history
The striker has been a reliable player for the side in recent years and his signing was seen as a huge coup for FC Dallas. He won the title twice with Aizawl in his first two seasons and has scored at least 13 goals in each of the last four seasons with the club. Limbu (31) was once named in an elite team of the world's best strikers after scoring a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory for his home club, Aizawl FC. Limbu was called up to the Indian national team in 2009 and has represented them in over ten games. Limbu was born in the city of Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh but grew up in the town of Pasighat in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Limbu said in the interview that the pride of Arunachal Pradesh is playing for FC Dallas. “I am very happy. The players are happy.
How did he get here?
Limbu began his journey at Nepal Police Club, moving from the Nepali National League to the I-League at the start of the 2009-10 season. He played nine seasons for the club, eventually making more than 100 appearances and scoring 30 goals. Dallas Head Coach Oscar Pareja first signed the midfielder for his former club Almeria in the Spanish Segunda Division. The Argentine quickly realised that Limbu had something special. "One thing that was very important for me was the honesty, because we were working with him for just five weeks. When I saw the character and professionalism, I knew he would be a good player for us." "He is very calm on the ball, very tidy, very short, very fast in his movements. A really good example of the ideal central midfielder.
What’s next for him?
“I want to keep this ball rolling, I love football and I want to get to 400 games and I’ll just try to keep playing with FC Dallas.” He concluded. That’s not a bad record to be keeping.
He isn't the only Nepali footballer that plays in the United States. On Saturday, teammate Sher Krishna Shah made his debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Shah is making his return after six years and seven seasons with the Minnesota United. Although his dream of playing professionally is still far away, his legacy is already stamped on the history books.