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Monday, January 18, 2010

I called it...

I've only had the opportunity to catch a bit of what Landon Donovan has been doing as he kicks off his loan spell at Everton FC in the Barclay's Premier League. But if first reports and fan reaction are any barometer, the original loan deal between Everton, MLS and Donovan's home club, the LA Galaxy, will be extended.

This ain't LA...

This article, from the Liverpool Echo, intimates as much.

For the uninitiated,  Landon is widely considered the best American footballer (soccer player) outside of the goal keeping position. He has won numerous team and individual awards and has scored more goals for the USA than any other player.

People decry the mercenary nature of professional athletes these days - a position I've taken on numerous occasions. In this case though, I'll make an exception. Donovan finally has an opportunity to flourish with an international club and the more experience we allow him at Everton, the better off we'll be this summer in South Africa. Especially with the loss of Charlie Davies, Oguchi Onyewu and most recently, Clint Dempsey of Fulham, to injury.

So when the request comes - and it will - I urge the Galaxy and MLS to consider the big picture for American Soccer and let Landon stay for the remainder of the Premier League season.

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