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Everton FC formally announced the completion of the Landon Donovan loan move on Friday, clearing the way for the U.S. men's national team star to make his temporary move to the English Premier League.

Donovan will join U.S. teammate Tim Howard and the Toffees after the New Year, pending acceptance of his UK work permit application, which is a formality given Donovan's U.S. national team status.

Donovan's loan will last for roughly ten weeks and have him back with the LA Galaxy in time for its season opener vs. New England on March 27.

So who will Everton be facing during those ten weeks? Try nearly every top team in the EPL. Here is a rundown of Everton's schedule during Donovan's loan:

Jan. 2- vs. Carlisle United (FA Cup)

Jan. 9- at Arsenal

Jan. 16- vs. Manchester City

Jan. 27- vs. Sunderland

Jan. 30- vs. Wigan

Feb. 6- at Liverpool

Feb. 10- vs. Chelsea

Feb. 18- vs. Sporting Lisbon (Europa League)

Feb. 20- vs. Manchester United

Feb. 25- at Sporting Lisbon (Europa League)

Feb. 27- at Tottenham

March 6- vs. Hull

March 13- vs. Birmingham

What do you think of Donovan joining Everton? Will you be looking forward to watching him face the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United? Hoping he winds up in England permanently come a year from now?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Kizz has been on a mission for multiple things

    1. Hate on Donovan to the fullest

    2. Hate on Donovan to the fullest

    3. Argue with anyone that sends their support to Landon or is anyway excited about the loan

    4. Express his mad crush he has for Yak, Saha, Cahill and Fellaini, by saying multiple times that Donovan won’t take their spots

    5. Talk major smack until he looks like a total douche

    Seriously man, what is your deal? Express your opinion is fine, we got the point that you think Donovan is not good enough, say it once and stop acting like a little girl…..

  2. Charles, he said that when he was discussing the previous few years with the Galaxy and how Arena had turned it around. It is not relevant to going to EPL and playing with Everton.

  3. If by “Who cares? It American soccer.” you are cracking on our boys, I ask why you bother reading about them and bringing that negativity to a normally positive and upbeat look at our version of the game?

    If you did not mean that, mea culpa.

  4. Like those guys are scared of an MLS player? You guys are too funny. Terry will push him off the ball all day. He won’t even see Lampard all game and Stevie G is too focused to think of some midget from MLS that will always get robbed of the ball.

  5. At 27 not much talent is left. 27 is a veteran in football. Who will sign him? No major club so some small team might take a chance at spending $5 million (no more) on him. MLS would be lucky if they got that much for a 27 year-old failure in European football.

  6. @ Aaron and Dbex, Yak is proven, lol or not. Saha is proven on the European LEVEL, not MLS. Sorry boys. Donovan will ride the bench. I said that last year at Bayern; I stand by it again. Once Yak returns from Angola, he will get his spot back. Donovan is going up against Steven Pienaar, Tim Cahill, Bilyaletdinov. Felliani’s spot is sealed, so is Yak and Saha good luck.

  7. IVES – Ahem, I think you mean “every top team in the EPL, minus Aston Villa.” I’ll let it slide this time.

    – A Villa Fan

  8. No, he didn’t. That is such a misconception of Donovan’s gripe with Becks. His complaints were Becks’ lack of effort while with the Galaxy. And he said those words long before Becks ever left for Milan. donovan said he understood why Beckham wanted to stay at Milan while he was there.

  9. Actually, it won’t be quite that bad for the 1st Europa game. The home fixture against Lisbon will be played on a Tuesday not Thursday because of some kind of conflict with Liverpool playing their game on the Thursday just down the road.

  10. How is the (bad) ending not already written?

    Unless he just crushes, which yes, I think he’s capable of — this WILL be another short term adventure failing to stick in Europe.

    Even though every time it has been by his choice, the meme is set and by signing that contract he just made sure it happens again.

    It helps that everyone will actually see him play, because afterall, the MLS doesn’t exist in their worlds.

    I’m just not seeing how this is any different from last year’s Bayern loan — except that it’s in the EPL, and with no chance of extending the deal.

  11. Don’t be so quick to judge.

    Everton have been having injury problems. Their starting XI haven’t been playing that great either.

    If Donovan comes in and does well, he’ll play.

    Moyes is no fool, and he’ll pick the best players at his disposal for the derby. If Donovan can play like he was during qualifiers, I see him cementing a spot in the lineup

  12. LOL at your LOL. Right, Donovan is just “some MLS player.” I get as frustrated as anyone with his sometimes streaky form, but when he’s on (and he’s been on since the Confed Cup) he’d pretty devastating. I don’t see him playing striker anyway, but since when does the fact a player is “the most expensive in [x] club’s history” mean squat? Yakubu and Saha can both be very effective *when healthy* (and not off at the ACN tournament)….Donovan will have plenty of time to prove himself and should do well.

  13. Actually, in the article Moyes is quoted as saying Donovan “has captained the US team” which is true. He has been the captain, many times, he’s just not right now.

  14. Here’s the piece you’re missing: If Donovan can establish himself as a genuine top-rank player over there, when he comes back here he will be a far bigger star than he has ever been before — which is why this deal makes so much sense for MLS and the Galaxy.

  15. Just because you throw an “LOL” in your argument doesn’t make you look like you have a better idea than someone else.

    Please look at Yak’s stats, and tell me if Landon couldn’t do as well/better:

    LD isn’t as injury prone as Yakubu, and that’s huge for a squad like Everton trying to move up the table. Saha is a different story, he’s actually delivering.

  16. Well, to be fair, no one has figured out how Landon is best used — certainly not any of his coaches…but, maybe you know better than any of them.

  17. I could not agree more strongly. I get very excited about luring young up and comers from overseas, even if after a few years they then make the leap to Europe (which I think will very likely happen with Montero). That said, I think a well placed veteran DP can really make a team jell and take them to the next level. But only if all of the other pieces are in place. It would be nice to see some of those DP’s in the future be experienced Americans who play at the highest level in Europe and then return to states to finish there careers. I’m thinking Keller types, but field players.

  18. The Europa League schedule is crazy, because they won’t play on UEFA CL days. So, a big club like Man Utd will have 3 or 4 days until they play Everton, but Everton plays the Red Devils 2 days after a Europa League match. THis happens 2 weeks in a row, such that they play 4 games in nine days. The question is whether they play the reserves against Sporting in Europa League, or against Man Utd and Spurs. No way the starting 11 plays in Europa and EPL games 2 days apart. Few, if any players can be expected to do that.

  19. Actually, if you look at the article, Moyes says he “has captained the USA…” Which is correct since he’s taken the armband many times in Boca’s absence.

    Like others have said though, it really doesn’t matter too much one way or the other. He has been capped many times and is a leader for the national team, and I think Moyes was just wanting to stress his experience.

  20. “but why would he stay in the US”

    It’s obvious. . . to be here for Charles. That, and he’s waiting for all his MNT teammates to sign for his club, so they can have their own MLS team and hundreds of thousands of fans will show up to watch them. Plus, it’s just like the EPL.

    : ]

  21. It would appear that you don’t quite understand how Landon is best used… he’s not really a forward, so he’s not going to be competing for spots mano a mano with Yakubu and Saha. Your argument is a nonstarter.

  22. These are the signings that give me a lot of hope for the league- teams are going after some of these young guys from Central America, undeveloped African Countries (Revs with Gambia) and reaching into South America (Seatlle with Montero and Hertado). Continuing to attain young and exciting prospects outside of the states combined with a growing number of our own young and exciting prospects will make this league so much stronger- sorry Ljunberg, Angel and Blanco- I have really enjoyed watching you but your type will not what takes this league to the next level.

  23. Ives,
    If Beasley is healthy and playing in 3 months give us an update.

    If Beasley isn’t injured come spring his play will have some relevance. Past experience has shown there is almost no chance he will not be injured again shortly.

  24. He better use Yak’s spot while he away. Watch Yak come back from the African Cup and Donovan won’t even smell the bench, unless Moyes uses Donovan as support which means he goes after Cahill’s spot and that ain’t happen…

  25. It’s hard to believe that that process hasn’t already been kick started.

    Once you send in your materials it takes three weeks at the most for this to go through with the UK, usually much less.

  26. He’s contracted to LA, but it will matter how well he does. MLS isn’t going to let him go without a hefty transfer fee.

    If he has a hat trick every game then someone will cough up the dough to keep him in Europe, even if it’s not Everton.

  27. I’m no immigration expert, but assuming Donovan still has his passport in his possession,he would be able to enter the UK on a visitors visa for the next few weeks (though he wouldn’t be able to “work”), and then once the work permit is approved, he leaves the UK, obtains his visa, and re-enters now able to work while in the UK.


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