Donovan joins Everton on loan from LA Galaxy

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — U.S. forward Landon Donovan will join Everton on a short-term loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The loan, from January until mid-March, will finish in time for Donovan to return to the MLS for the Galaxy’s opening match on March 27.

The deal was announced Friday, two days after Donovan signed a new four-year contract with the Galaxy.

“It’s all done now,” Everton manager David Moyes said. “Landon will join us at the start of January. “He will come in and add pace. He’s a good finisher.”

He will team up with Tim Howard, the first choice goalkeeper with the U.S. squad, who is in his fourth season with Everton since moving from Manchester United.

Donovan makes his second overseas excursion in 12 months. He went to Bayern Munich from January to March and previously had stints with Bayer Leverkusen in 1999 and 2004.

Everton, which reached the FA Cup final last season, is in 15th place in Premier League. On Friday, the team was drawn to face Sporting Lisbon in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Received 12/18/09 10:14 am ET