Donovan has key presence in Everton debut

Landon Donovan

Earlier today, Landon Donovan debuted with English Premier League club Everton and earned an assist in the 2-2 draw. The talented striker is currently on loan for ten weeks from the Los Angeles Galaxy.

From the Los Angeles Times:

The lead lasted just 16 minutes. Denilson charged down a clearance, and the ball fell to Andrei Arshavin on the edge of the penalty area. Arshavin fed Eduardo da Silva, who touched a pass back to Denilson and his low strike deflected off Osman past U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard.

With snow blowing around the stadium, Donovan came close to restoring Everton’s lead at the start of the second half. The American weaved into the penalty area, but his curling shot drifted wide.

Everton replaced Donovan with Diniyar Bilyaletdinov in the 68th minute and went ahead again in the 81st minute. Steven Pienaar raced onto a pass from Tim Cahill and chipped past goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

Donovan’s two previous attempts abroad were met with mixed results. Regardless, with a record of 5-8-7, Everton can certainly benefit from his services.

But don’t fret — Donovan will be back on the Galaxy in March. Also, the stint in England shouldn’t be a problem with the U.S. National Team and the upcoming World Cup.

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