Toffees confirm Donovan departure

As late as Saturday evening, after the 2-2 draw at Birmingham,

manager David Moyes was still holding out hope they could hang onto

the United States international. “He is on a plane home tomorrow

(Sunday). We are still trying to do something. You never know, who

knows?” he told the post-match press conference. However, Everton

on Sunday posted a lengthy farewell interview with Donovan on their

website in which they confirmed the loan deal had ended. “Landon

Donovan has returned to LA Galaxy following his 10-week loan,” the

story on evertonfc.com read. “Despite attempts to extend Donovan’s

loan period at Everton, LA Galaxy have now recalled him to their

squad ahead of the start of the MLS season on March 27. “It is

still unclear if the American league will kick off on time as the

threat of a players’ strike looms following disagreements over the

labour contract currently in place.” Donovan paid tribute to the

club’s fans on his departure. “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 told evertonTV. “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.”