At the end of the 2013 Major League Soccer season, midfielder Landon Donovan’s contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy will expire. The player, who is arguably the face of U.S. soccer, has hinted recently that he is unsure of his next move. Will he retire? Will he play abroad? Many questions remain unanswered.
“At the end of this season, I’m going to re-evaluate everything and see how I feel,” he said in a recent interview. “If I want to keep playing, I’ll keep playing. If I don’t want to keep playing, I won’t keep playing… I don’t know the answer to that right now.”
During his 13 years as a professional soccer player, he’s done almost everything there is to do. He was awarded the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 2009 and 2010, earned an MLS MVP award in 2009 and won an MLS title with the Galaxy in 2011. His two loan spells with English Premiership team Everton in 2010 and 2012 were both successful stints abroad.
There’s still one big accomplishment Donovan would like to reach before he retires, however. “I’ve always wanted to be the captain of the national team,” he said. “I think that’s a great honor the few times that I have in my career, I’ve played well and the team has responded well.”
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.
Landon Donovan looks certain to finish his career in Major League Soccer after announcing he will not go back to English Premier League side in the new year. David Moyes, Everton’s head coach, tried to make an agreement with Donovan and the LA Galaxy but Donovan claims he wants to rest instead. “While I enjoyed my time at Everton last season … I feel that it is important to continue to rest and recover this offseason as opposed to going on loan,” said Donovan. “I never considered being loaned to a club other than Everton, but I have been playing nearly non-stop for the past two years and I believe that this decision will allow me to perform at my best for the Galaxy and the national team throughout the upcoming year.”
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