Instead of sticking out the L.A. Galaxy’s off-season training session in the United States, Landon Donovan will be hopping the pond to play for the Everton team as part of a two-month loan deal. Galaxy fans shouldn’t worry though, the captain whose team recently became the MLS Cup champions, will play his last game for Everton on Feb. 25. He’ll be back in the states in time to join the Galaxy for the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series in Toronto on March 7. The official MLS season will open three days later on March 10.
This isn’t the first time the American has played for Everton. He spent 10 months with the club prior to the 2010 season. Not only did he score two goals in his 13 games, but also won the club’s Player of the Month honor. Though he indicated during the latter part of the MLS season that he wasn’t planning on accepting a loan move, he did say that Everton was the only English club he would consider playing for during the MLS offseason. Negotiations with the club lasted less than a week before Donovan agreed.
“This is a great opportunity for Landon,” said Galaxy coach and GM Bruce Arena in a statement. “During the final months of the 2011 season, he was limited because of an ongoing injury, and he just started to get his legs back during the playoffs. Therefore, I think that this opportunity with Everton comes at a perfect time, as he is rested and ready to go.” Follow your favorite MLS players and see what they’re up to during the off season by tracking them using the SoccerInferno toolbar.