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Landon Donovan, On loan at Everton
To the American soccer fan, Landon Donovan is world class. He has accomplished more than any other American player in history, having led his country in 3 World Cups and, along the way, racked up the most goals in US National Team history. In America, Donovan is soccer's only genuine superstar.
The unfortunate truth is told by fellow countryman and former teammate Brad Friedel, “You get a player like a Landon Donovan, who in my opinion chose to take the easy road and stay in the States. It’s much harder to ply your trade over here [in England].”
To Americans, Donovan is one of the best in the world. To the rest of the world, Donovan is an above-average statesman who once had a brief, but successful, stint with Everton.
The frustrating part for Donovan is that he has displayed his talent playing against the best. On the international level undoubtedly he has proven his talent, and with his time at Everton, he silenced the majority of his critics with consistent and influential displays against top teams in the EPL. He won player of the month for Everton, but unfortunately was unable to prolong his stay with the Toffees due to his contract with the LA Galaxy.
Perhaps as the face of American soccer he has been put through unlucky circumstances, with his value to the MLS affording him a large price tag which many clubs would be unwilling to pay for a player of 29. Unfortunately for Donovan, being the face of American Soccer, the MLS has been unwilling to let him transfer at a reasonable price.
He will only be a world-class superstar once he proves himself on the world stage. The world stage is in Europe and the World Cup. He has yet to make a real impact on either, and some say it is now or never for Donovan to play overseas and prove to the world how good he really is.
Off to Everton again this year, we must hope this time he is able to extend his contract and end his career with them on a high note.
For more on Donovan: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/985180-donovan-to-everton-why-the-americans-career-will-end-with-this-short-term-deal