What Landon Donovan's Transfer Means for Everton and the US National Team

Andrew Jordan@@Andrew_JordanSenior Writer IDecember 11, 2009

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 28:  Landon Donovan of USA scores his team's second goal during the FIFA Confederations Cup Final between USA and Brazil at the Ellis Park Stadium on June 28, 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Now that it appears that United States National team star Landon Donovan has left the Los Angeles Galaxy for Goodison Park to play for Everton, it now is a great time to look at what Donovan will bring to Everton once he joins in January.

For those people who don't know that much about Landon Donovan, here is a quick biography of what he has done in his career to date.

Landon Donovan started to make a name for himself in the 1999 Under 17 World Cup, where he helped the US National team to finish in fourth before moving to play for Bayer Leverkusen.

Donovan got his first chance in the 2002 World Cup to make a name for himself in US soccer, which he was able to do as he scored two goals in the World Cup, and was named as the best young player in the World Cup.

He also has scored more goals than any other player in the history of the United States National team with 42, and has been the face of the US National team for the last decade.

Donovan is also arguably the greatest player in the history of Major League Soccer, where he has led the San Jose Earthquakes to an MLS title in 2001 and 2003 and has the most goals in MLS playoff history.

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And Donovan is the teammate of David Beckham on the Galaxy, whom Donovan criticized in Grant Wahl's book The Beckham Experiment , which was part of the reason why Beckham got such a terrible reception to MLS after leaving for a loan to Milan early in 2009.

Now Donovan will join a Everton side that are just three points out of the Premier League's relegation zone, and he will join fellow US international Tim Howard on an Everton side that believed that they could have finally made it to the top four in the Premier League this season.

Now with this transfer, Donovan will hopefully make a bigger impact than with Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich, and will show the world that he could make a major impact outside of MLS, which is a perfect situation for him.

For Everton, this will prove to be a great move if Donovan gets regular playing time as he will be a major difference maker for the Toffee's during the beginning of the new year.

And this will be great for the US National team and of course for US manager Bob Bradley, as Donovan will get playing time with a top club in Europe in order to condition for the World Cup, and it will be a great time for Donovan to show us what he is capable of.

Finally, this has the potential to be a great move for everyone involved, as Donovan will now get a chance to play football on one of the greatest stages in the world for a side that is ravaged by injuries and be in top condition for the World Cup next year, where he will have to face some of his Premier League foe's on the pitch.

This is probably Donovan's last chance to show us that he can succeed outside of MLS, and hopefully he will do so.