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Donovan bids farewell to Everton fans (probably) in style
by Paul Kennedy, March 7th, 2010 1:12PM

TAGS:  americans abroad, england


[AMERICANS ABROAD] If Landon Donovan played his last game for Everton at Goodison Park, he sure went out in style. In 20 minutes off the bench, the U.S. star scored a goal and added an assist in the Toffees' 5-1 win over Hull City Sunday. Interviewed after the game, Donovan said he'd love to stay at Everton, but that it was out of his hands. With the Los Angeles Galaxy insistent that he return after Everton's next game Saturday at Birmingham City, even Everton manager David Moyes seemed resigned to losing Donovan.

"It is out of my hands," said Donovan. "It's up to the Galaxy and the people here. If it works out, I'd love to stay. If not, it's been a great ride, and I'll be happy to go back as well."

Donovan paid tribute to the support he received from Everton fans.

"That's as good as it gets," he said.

Moyes said he hoped it wasn't Donovan's last home game.

“He will certainly play next week and I’ll try to extend his loan as well,” he said afterward. “But from what I’ve heard from America, that doesn’t look likely at the moment.”

Donovan thanked Moyes for believing in him.

"I've really enjoyed it here," he said. "If there's a chance and they want me back here, I would jump at it. I couldn't have imagined it would go as well when I started, I give a lot of credit to the manager for believing in me and giving me chances and I hope that I've given a lot to the club as well."

Donovan didn't seem hopeful that he'd being staying. Looking ahead to the USA-England World Cup match, he said, "I think this will be the last time they'll be cheering for me."

Tim Howard started in goal for Everton, while Jozy Altidore came off the bench for Hull.

  1. Jake Lammi
    commented on: March 8, 2010 at 10:12 a.m.
    I think Landon Donovan is regretting signing that deal for the Galaxy. You know full on he would rather be playing for such a prestigious and historic club such as Everton especially since the fact he is doing so well during his loan. This experience for him has furthered his career, even in such a short time. Playing well for a quality club in the toughest league in the world, now he has what it takes.
  1. Mike Gaire
    commented on: March 8, 2010 at 11:27 a.m.
    It was a shrewd move by the Galaxy to sign him up for the next two years and, although it will be a shame not to see him playing for Everton again ( until next year?) it is good for MLS that he is coming back. Anyway, he will make $2million this year playing for LA, thats not really all that terrible is it!
  1. Ted Westervelt
    commented on: March 10, 2010 at 11:13 a.m.
    Sad facts: More MLS fans would like to see Lando stay in the UK. No doubt, more EPL supporters will be sad to see him go than MLS fans if the situation was reversed. And what about Bob Bradley? MLS or EPL for Lando, Coach? Another example of the problems of letting a group of NFL guys buy our first division, run it on a shoestring, and impose mediocrity on their clubs to randomize match outcomes. How many more do we need?

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