[AMERICANS ABROAD] Landon Donovan has returned to the Los Angeles Galaxy following the completion of his 10-week loan with English Premier League club Everton.
Everton had been hopeful a loan extension could be arranged but had already moved on, using Donovan as a sub in its last three games.
Donovan, Everton's Player of the Month award for January, excelled in the EPL after three unsuccessful stints in Germany.
"I've proved to myself that I can play against any player in the world and that's a pretty cool thing to think," he told evertonTV. "Where I came from as a young boy, I didn't have soccer on TV and I didn't know any teams in the world outside of Manchester United or Real Madrid. To come to this point and do what I'm doing is pretty special."
Donovan said he had never met fans like Everton's supporters.
"I'm 28 years old now and I've played over 100 times for my country, I've also played a lot of league games in different parts of the world," he said. "But I've never met a fan base like this, either playing for them or as an away player. Forget about football for a moment, this is a life experience I'll never forget."
Donovan, who had two goals and three assists, credited Everton manager David Moyes with believing in him.
"Before I came, I had a lengthy talk with Tim Howard about the club and the manager in particular and Tim has nothing but great things to say about him,” Donovan said of Moyes. "I think that first and foremost, there is a mutual respect. Every time I play and every time I train I try to give everything I have and I think he respects that. I give him so much credit for throwing me in the Arsenal game and saying: 'Just go.' When someone does that, you don't want to let them down, but you also bring more out of yourself because you want to play well for someone like that."