Donovan says loan shows he can play at top level
Landon Donovan says his 10-week loan from Major League Soccer to
English Premier League club Everton has shown he can play at the
Donovan has returned to the Los Angeles Galaxy after starting 11
matches for Everton, happy to have won over fans of the team in
“Those closest to me know how important this was to me
personally,” Donovan said. “I’ve proved to myself that I can play
against any player in the world and that’s a pretty cool thing to
“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 struggled on loan at Bayern Munich last year, but says
he has now “proved to myself that I can play against any player in
“It wasn’t easy in Germany, for a lot of different reasons,”
Donovan told Everton’s Web site. “It would be easier to say that
it was because they didn’t do something, but I came here this time
with a different mindset.
“Maybe if I had done that before then it may have turned out
Some of that is due United States teammate Tim Howard, who has
been in the Everton goal since 2007 and told Donovan all about the
highly rated coach David Moyes.
“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.
Donovan scored two goals in 13 matches for Everton, helping the
club beat Chelsea and Manchester United, and draw against
Everton rose from 12th place to ninth in the Premier League with
Donovan in its squad.
Everton fans voted Donovan their player of the month for
January, and the midfielder says he loved the rapport he
established with them.
“I’m 28 years old now and I’ve played over 100 times for my
country,” Donovan said. “I’ve also played a lot of league games
in different parts of the world. But I’ve never met a fan base like
this, either playing for them or as an away player.
“They’ve been absolutely incredible and it’s hard to imagine
that they can be that passionate every time you go out – but they