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English Media Reaction to Donovan


From the Times of London.....

Their latest success may have been aided by Sunderland's generosity but that should not detract from Everton's growing sense of confidence in a season that had threatened to go off the rails. The addition of Donovan, an intelligent, thoughtful footballer whose lively movement off the ball was epitomised by Everton's second goal, has clearly helped in this respect.

From the Guardian.....

Chants of "USA, USA" marked the American's first goal for Everton, showing there is still a football ground on Merseyside where that is acceptable.

From the Sun.....

While it opened Donovan's account following his short-term signing from America, the biggest surprise was he did not end up with a hatful against a backline as slapdash as this. Having said that, George McCartney does deserve praise for a wonderful goal-line clearance after Donovan had rounded Craig Gordon.

From the Daily Star.....

The American's 19th-minute strike sent ­Goodison Park wild as he finally found his mark for David Moyes' men.

From the Daily Mirror.....

They have not yet reached the promised land of a European place, but at least Everton saw the Landon they were promised. Landon Donovan scored his first goal for the Goodison club to set them on the way to a comfortable win over sorry Sunderland, to leave his manager David Moyes purring over a polished display from the American.

By Steve Goff  |  January 27, 2010; 11:47 PM ET
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Wonder what they'll say when he flies by Ferdinand and Terry for a brace this June!

Oh, when the Yanks, Oh, when the Yanks, Oh, when the Yanks go Marchin' In . . .

Posted by: delantero | January 28, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Pete803 | January 28, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

"Purring". Ha ha. I love it! LD is not going way Everton is going to let him go. Never before would I have so enjoyed an Everton/Sunderland match. No offense Timmy. My Tivo reverse 30 sec button is getting a workout!!

So proud..

Damn, look at the belly on that ref.

Posted by: EssEff | January 28, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Goffer -- Great reads. Thanks for the post.

Posted by: fischy | January 28, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

¿David Moyes purrs?

Posted by: GolazoDecatur | January 28, 2010 6:03 AM | Report abuse

There's a 0% chance that Donovan comes back. I bet he's already working on the extending his loan to the rest of the season. I'm sure Everton will pick up his buyout clause. I'm so happy that Donovan has finally found his place.

Posted by: strago | January 28, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

This move should have happened years ago. Donovan was not made for the Bundesliga and I wish his initial move to Europe was to the Prem.

Posted by: no_recess | January 28, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

This was one goal (that maybe took a deflection and would have been saved if not for the deflection). It looked like a good team goal. Saha made a run behind Cahil as the ball was played up field in order to make room for Donovan's overlapping run. Well done by Landon to finish it. But I'm not going to blow this out of proportion.

Also, on the goal line clearance play, Donovan could have returned the favor to Saha by pulling it back to him on the top of the six for an easy tap in...though a goal scorer will shoot inside the 18 if you give him half a yard.

But I won't get very excited until I see Donovan improve his control in tight spaces.

Posted by: bigbadbri | January 28, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

"the biggest surprise was he did not end up with a hatful against a backline as slapdash as this." How's that for a backhanded compliment?

I must say though, I'm a big fan of the word slapdash.

Posted by: DCUMD | January 28, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Due to his increased visibility among the English, it will be more difficult come June.
They will be marking him closely and maybe put a player on him all game. So either Donovan needs to rise to the occasion in South Africa or others on the US team will need to step up.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | January 28, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

So either Donovan needs to rise to the occasion in South Africa or others on the US team will need to step up.

Posted by: Charisma_Man

You could've said that before his loan.

Posted by: Reignking | January 28, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

There is no pleasing some people. Maybe that's why Donovan figuratively flashed us all the proverbial finger when he decided to play where he wanted to play and do with his life as he pleased - ignoring the many cat calls of "he must go to Europe, he must do this to become the next that".

Dude scores a great team goal in the Prem and people berate his efforts. Like he has to pull a Fabregas to get some people's respect (which I am betting amounts to an atom on a flea's backside to Donovan). It's a prem goal! Deflection or not I am sure a great many of us have not scored a Prem goal. This is the same league Robinho is having a torrid time of things in despite being on what can be argued as a better team.

Donovan is no Robihno or Fabregas or anyother NAME player that folks want him to be. He is Landon Donovan, and love him or hate him you must respect that he has the rocks to do as he pleases inspite of the million mouths that want to forge his life one way or the other. he has said this over and over but seeing as we are in the age of selective listening I can see how the message has been missed.

Great effort Landon - a nice TEAM goal, sweet run and awesome effort. He's got a goal by game 4 (if you count the Cup). Not bad at all. Plus goals aside (yes he will score more) he is proving to be a crutial part of a very good Premership team. I respect that and I am proud to see a fellow American achieve at such a high level.

So for those of you who chose to denegrate or simplify the difficult tasks of others from the comfort of your parent's basements (or your own for that matter), I think the age old adage should apply - "if you don't have something nice to say, well then - as nicely as I can put this...STFU!!"

Posted by: Kosh2 | January 28, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Another great MLS product played well last night.

Luis Tejada, who according to MLSnet played 2 minutes for RSL in 2007, scored 2 goals for Peru's Juan Aurich in a Copa Libertadores play-in game against Estudiantes Tecos from Guadalajara.

Yes, the mention of 2 MLS minutes is kinda tongue-in-cheek. He played for Panama in the 2006 qualifying cycle and you may remember him against the US and for the nice bicycle kick winning goal against Mexico.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 28, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I just wiki'd Tejada -- that guy can't hold a job. I wouldn't invest in real estate if I were him.

Posted by: Reignking | January 28, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Mira Mupier to CD Aguilas of El Salvador...and Kenny Cooper being loaned to Plymouth of the Championship.

Surprised by that last one -- I thought he was idle because of injury.

Posted by: Reignking | January 28, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Best to enjoy this for what it is, as the fans and UK press clearly are. To purchase Donovan's rights outright, MLS would demand an insanely large fee. Think of the $10M Villareal blew on Altidore, and ask whether, as of today, Everton would take a $15-20M flyer on Donovan rather than a more established European player.

More likely is a Beckham type deal, where MLS gets a nice fee to extend the loan, MLS keeps its star, there's no drop-off for Donovan, and basically all parties come out winners.

Of course If LD proves he's undoubtedly becoming one of the world's top players, there will be a permanent move at MLS' asking price. But that won't happen til after the World Cup. It's all on the line for LD in South Africa and something tells me this will help, not hurt the US.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | January 28, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse


Mutu fails drugs test
The Italian Olympic Committee has announced that Fiorentina's Adrian Mutu has failed a drugs test for the second time in his career. Mutu tested positive for cocaine at Chelsea.

Posted by: Reignking | January 28, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

On the topic of overseas football -- Fiorentina's Mutu is facing a lengthy ban after testing positive for an appetite suppressant, of all things. ManU's Rio Ferdinand is being hit with a 4-game suspension for striking opponent. I'm wondering if the team's fans face a collective ban for a game or two, after pelting Craig Bellamy with bottles and other missiles when he lined up to take a corner.

Posted by: fischy | January 28, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

More on Mutu -- it wasn't coke:

Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant and was recently banned from use in the UK amid fears that the drug could increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Posted by: Reignking | January 28, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

banning people from football for taking appetite suppressants?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 28, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Charisma man, you're wrong.

Every team who knows anything about America knows about Landon Donovan. They will consider him in the game plan.

Donovan needs to learn how to break down higher quality defenses, and to do that, he needs to continue to play and learn in the EPL. He's learning far more about how to play against England than the other way around.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 28, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Either Mutu is anorexic or he is using Sibutramine to gain a competitive advantage using it as a stimulant. My money would be on the latter.

Posted by: csd1 | January 28, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Landon's goal was obviously the big talking point, but Tim made two sweet saves to preserve the clean sheet.

Posted by: glfrazier | January 28, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

It's no surprise that Donovan still provokes strong reactions from critics and supporters alike. While the critics may at times be extreme, it's still strange that his supporters tend to overlook what provoked the criticism in the first place.

Donovan has unquestionably good technique. He was offered opportunities that players from earlier eras with those same gifts were denied. And whether he squandered those opportunities or whether he was denied them by unimpressed coaches and managers, he's allowed it to appear as if they were squandered because he was not mature enough to knuckle down and do the hard work at that time. That's been a stated opinion of Landon by more than one manager who has worked with him.

He's been an experienced US international for some years now, but the leadership that should come with that experience has too seldom appeared on the pitch. And it is that appearance of faint-heartedness that fuels the haters.

It is however, very heartening that after a protracted maturation period that he appears to have found the potential that all US fans saw and wished that he could have more quickly built upon after the Japanorea World Cup. He's settled into the Everton side quickly and caught the eye with his in-form play.

I think it's possible that he's found a situation where he's allowed to simply contribute to an overall effort, quietly and effectively at the moment. Moyes isn't asking him to lead or inspire, just be a cog in the Everton machine.

Maybe if Coach Bradley can find another leader to inspire the US team, the burden of leadership can be lifted off Donovan's shoulders and we can continue to see his potential realized.

Posted by: gooner71 | January 28, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Interesting news about Kenny Cooper. Normally I don't like so many of our foreign based players gravitating towards England - I'd rather see them spread around in several countries so they can learn and develop in different environments.

But Cooper's dad is English and Plymouth coach Paul Mariner should know all about Kenny from his time in MLS - so this could be a pretty good move.

A article also links Bocanegra to a move within the French League - St Etienne being the leading candidate.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 28, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

well said Kosh2.

Posted by: VTUnited | January 28, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Gee, lagging the news? Shocker.

Posted by: Reignking | January 28, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

"Anorexic" is a silly comment. Maybe, he's using an appetite suppressant to avoid going the way of Maradona and the first Ronaldo....Is it a competitive advantage to not get fat? I guess so.

Posted by: fischy | January 28, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Good for him. I've always been a non-fan of his seeming lack of interest in plying his trade overseas. Now that he's getting time, and doing well, his confidence must be high and it is most certainly deserved.

My only wish now is that he stay away from any serious contact before the WC! Keep it up, Donovan.

Posted by: hacksaw | January 28, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

just because, Donovan's superb goal vs. Brazil in the Confed Cup last year:

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | January 28, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Nice clip there, Dimes.

Picture wise, that's one of the higest quality You Tube clips I remember seeing.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 28, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

After reading nasty small-minded complaints about Donovan for so many years,it is truly wonderful to see his abilities recognized. Of course, some of us didn't need the English press to tell us what to think, but if that's what it take, okay by me.

Posted by: Jphubba | January 28, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

good for Landon but those white v-necks on the Everton jerseys are a travesty.

Posted by: diego_r | January 28, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

that was a great clip and I also found this one because of it:
worth it's weight in gold for it's comedic appeal!.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 28, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I want to express my gratitude to the Everton FC and its supporters for giving Landon Donovan a spot to play. The warm expressions truly make it the best place in the world for America's Youth to compete on a world level. I am and have been a Everton and Fulham fan for awhile and wanted to see Landon join the leagues of the best futbol in the world. I was ify that it was to fast a game and more combative. Hope he finds a place there he is living his dream. Again thanks to Everton and her fans I just hope more American players can make the cut and play in the true Big Time. All The Way Everton!

Posted by: marty38 | January 28, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

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