[AMERICANS ABROAD] The U.S. national team's all-time leading scorer, 27-year-old Landon Donovan, made his English Premier League debut on Saturday when he started for Everton wide right in midfield. With a corner kick he assisted on the Toffees' first goal in a 2-2 tie at Arsenal.
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In front of a crowd 60,053 in Emirates Stadium, Everton took the lead in the 12th
minute when the 5-foot-7 Leon Osman headed home Donovan's service.
Arsenal equalized 16 minutes later. Denilson's 25-yard shot deflected off Osman and past American keeper Tim
Donovan, who often troubled the Gunners with forays down the right flank and shot just wide with a curling shot early in the second half, was replaced by 22-year-old
Russian Diniyar Bilyaletdinov in the 69th minute.
"I thought Donovan did very well," said Everton manager David Moyes. "He
cramped up, so we had to take him off and the cold probably didn't help him. Landon was a threat to Arsenal all day and he did a great job out on the right. Landon offers us plenty of options and
that is why we are delighted to have him."
Everton regained the lead in the 81st minute when South African Steven Pienaar finished a breakaway. But Arsenal salvaged a tie with a 90th minute
goal by Czech Tomas Rosicky, whose shot deflected off Everton defender Lucas Neill to beat Howard.
Donovan is on a 10-week loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy.
"He did very well
for someone who has only been in the country for a few days, and coming from California where I'm guessing the weather is a bit different from the snow at the Emirates," said Sky Sports TV commentator
Matt Le Tissier. "He made the transition brilliantly and looked comfortable on the right-hand side.
"He kept Armand Traore occupied and you noticed when Donavon went off Traore got
forward a lot more."