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Everton does it again
by Paul Kennedy, February 20th, 2010 11:52AM

TAGS:  americans abroad, england


[AMERICANS ABROAD] Last week it was Chelsea. On Saturday it was Manchester United. In successive English Premier League matches, Everton has beaten the top two teams, and Landon Donovan again had a hand in the victory. He was involved in sub Dan Gosling's late goal that broke the game open. Everton went on to win, 3-1, and improve its EPL record since Donovan's arrival to 5-1-1.

Donovan missed a sitter late in the first half with the score tied 1-1 but made up for it when he slipped the ball to Steven Pienaar down the left wing, and the South African crossed the ball for Gosling, who scored with a shot to the far post.

Another sub, 18-year-old Jack Rodwell, then put the game away with his first EPL goal on a slick solo run.

Tim Howard was in goal for Everton against his old team, which lacked energy following its 3-2 win at AC Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday.

  1. Gordon Wright
    commented on: February 22, 2010 at 12:13 p.m.
    Everton is defintely playing well. But litle of it can be credited to Donovan. There are times (many) where he appears completely lost and out of the flow of the game. He is a best a steady player for a second tier EPL team.
  1. Brian Herbert
    commented on: February 23, 2010 at 2:13 a.m.
    As for the comment about Donovan, I guess we shall see in June if he is a "second tier" player. He has been hailed by the British Press multiple times recently, and had the Everton fans cheering "U-S-A" at one match. Yes, he disappointed big-time at the 2006 Cup, after that I didn't think much of him, but the last 6 months have swayed my opinion of him as someone who can compete on the world stage. Now he needs to perform in South Africa for him to be perceived as "first tier" and not "over-hyped."
  1. Mike Gaire
    commented on: February 23, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.
    I think Donovan has been playing very well for Everton and is very far from being "second tier". Did you not see the goal he scored against Mexico in the World Cup? and I am sure he would not be receiving such recognition from either the Everton fans and the British press if he was not playing well. I also disagree with the comment above that he "missed a sitter". I watched that opportunity several times and he had about 2 seconds to react to that ball when it came at him, to describe that as a "sitter" is harsh in the extreme.

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