Landon Donovan is reportedly considering his options overseas for another potential loan. The LA Galaxy midfielder and most popular MLS Yank played for English Premier League club Everton last season on a successful loan and when asked if he would only consider one team to play for in Europe this season, Donovan confirmed his sole interest in returning to the English club by saying, “I would say so, yeah.”
Donovan led the MLS in assists this season and helped his Galaxy side achieve first place in the Western Conference and the club was awarded the Community Shield for their outstanding regular season effort. But the strong regular season results would be the only highlight of the season for the MLS Cup favorites. The Galaxy lost to Dallas last weekend in a semifinal match and their season is finished. Donovan, on the other hand, could use the time off considering the fact that he played on loan last season and has only had around 3 months off in the last 33.
So for now the midfielder will rest, but in the upcoming weeks and months the 28 year old Yank will consider a January loan to the club that he successfully joined last season. But a fatigued body and extended league schedule might stand in the way of Donovan’s dream:
My plan is to rest over the next few weeks and get in a mental place where I can make a proper decision. If you ask me today, I would say ‘no’ because my body is exhausted. If you ask me in two months, I would probably say ‘yeah’ because I’m excited again. I realize I have only so many more years to play and to have a real opportunity to do this. FIFA seems like they’re always trying to add games, tournaments and competitions. The way the game is now, it’s part of what we deal with. You hope that you don’t break down physically during the year and that you can play as much as you can. I’ve been fortunate to be relatively healthy.
And I think despite the fact that the guy has had so little time off recently, Donovan will in fact make another loan abroad. At 28 years old, Donovan is in his prime and may have few opportunities left to make such a move. After gaining so much respect last season when away on loan, Donovan will likely hope to further prove his worth on the world’s biggest stage. It’s an interesting debate considering how passionate Donovan acted when Beckham pulled off a similar move two years ago to AC Milan, but now that Donovan is one of the most coveted players around for temporary loan this January the opportunity is too good to pass up for America’s best player.
In my opinion, Donovan to Everton is a done deal.