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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Landon Donovan

Position: Midfielder/Winger/Forward
Nationality: American
Nickname: Landycakes!
Chant: U.S.A, U.S.A...
Did You Know? Landon can speak fluent Spanish

Landon Donovan is an American soccer player for Everton, on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer in the United States.

Did You Know? His goals in the 2010 World Cup made Donovan the highest scoring American player in World Cup history and the third American player to score in more than one World Cup (after Brian McBride and Clint Dempsey).

A member of the inaugural class of the U.S. Soccer residency program in Bradenton, Florida, Donovan was declared player of the tournament for his role in the national U-17 team that finished fourth in the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship, Donovan later signed with the German side Bayer Leverkusen.

After six years with the club, the majority of which was spent on loan at the San Jose Earthquakes, Donovan moved to the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2005, though he returned to the Bundesliga for a three-month spell at the start of 2009 on loan to Bayern Munich. He went on loan again from January to March 2010 with English Premier League side Everton, where he scored twice in ten appearances.

For the United States national team, Donovan is the all-time leader in scoring and assists, and has the most caps of all active players. He is a four-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award (the only male to do so and the only male to win in consecutive years), as well as the only three-time winner of the Honda Player of the Year award, having won it seven times.

After the 2009 MLS season had finished, Donovan joined English Premier League side Everton on loan in January 2010. During this period, he played in thirteen games in all competitions, scored two goals, and was named the club's Player of the Month for his performances in January.

Everton were keen on extending his loan deal, but the Galaxy refused, and Donovan returned to the US in time for the start of the 2010 MLS season. Everton also wanted to sign Donovan in the summer transfer window but due to lack of funds, no formal offer was made.

An agreement was reached in December 2011 for Donovan to spend another two months at Everton beginning in January 2012. Donovan made his returning debut for Everton on January 4, 2012 against Bolton Wanderers, Everton lost 2-1.

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