[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.