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Media reaction to Landon Donovan vs. Chelsea

What did the English press have to say about Landon Donovan's performance during Everton's 2-1 victory over Chelsea?

The Sun

Man of the match, a player rating of 8 on a scale of 1-10.

The Independent

"Moyes also had the satisfaction of seeing Landon Donovan frequently get the better of Ashley Cole."

The Times

"Landon Donovan's beautifully flighted corner beat the first man by a matter of inches, allowing Saha to steal ahead of Terry to power home a header."

The Daily Telegraph

"Landon Donovan and Bilyaletdinov stretched the game and Chelsea's back four."

The Daily Mail

"Ricardo Carvalho upended the lively Donovan just inside the area for the clearest of penalties."

Donovan is on loan from Los Angeles until mid-March and just signed a four-year contract with the Galaxy. To acquire him outright in the next transfer window this summer, what would Everton need to offer to pry him from MLS? $5 million? $10 million?

By Steve Goff  |  February 10, 2010; 11:35 PM ET
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i always knew he had it in him...and am happy to see he also realizes it. moyes is already starting the negotiation process, saying he doesn't think everton are going to be able to hold onto landon (i.e., "i don't want to pay what mls is asking!").

Posted by: dfunkt | February 10, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I'd say on the higher end of it. LA Galaxy is owned by business men who want to make lots of money, not so much seeing their players grow. Everton would have to put up quite a bit for a player who has faltered twice before in the same situation.

I would be surprised if a move happened.

Posted by: redskinsux | February 10, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

If he continues to be arguably the best player on pitch against teams like Chelsea, Everton won't be able to afford his services. He has 4 years left on his contract and he is in great form heading into the World Cup and the Galaxy have season tickets to sell. If someone wants to offer over $15 million for him the MLS and the Galaxy should consider it. If not it really wouldn't be good business at this point.

Posted by: csd1 | February 11, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Everton have a conundrum. They now have a very good player and to keep him will cost them 6-10 mil USD NOW. If the US does well against England and does well in the WC the price could double and put him completely out of range for a frugal team like Everton Unless Donovan wants to play at Everton for a lesser amount. So Everton will have to make a bid BEFORE the WC and hope the Galaxy are in the mood to sell, which I doubt. If Donovan plays like he has against Man U, Sporting Lisbon and Totenham in the next few weeks , expect a slew of EPL (and other) teams. bidding for his services in the next transfer window or before he even goes to SA. He will have proved to his doubters and everyone else he can star at the highest level in what is considered the toughest league in the world. At 10 mill. he would be considered a steal

Posted by: tcp4 | February 11, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Also man of the match by Daily Mail, and player rating of 9.11 on Daily Telegraph (though fan voted). $10 Million transfer fee is LOW with him sitting on a 4-year deal. By the time that's over, he'll be past his prime. He's worth more right now then he'll ever be. Bet he's starting to realize he could be making $5 Million per year too. If he keeps getting the best of the best EPL players, and start putting some goals away, a minimum transfer fee would be $15 Million and I wouldn't be surprised at 20. This is the whole reason MLS broke their bank from an American player's perspective - to get paid. And both MLS and LD should take such an offer if it comes too, not think it will go up after the World Cup. Mathis tried that with Bayern in 2002 and look what happened. Americans earn more value proving themselves in Euro leagues than at World Cups. I just hope LD gets his 10% of the fee @Don Garber!

Posted by: sammy41 | February 11, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse would be a pity if donovan had to waste the best years of his career in mls. MLS needs to do the right thing and let him go and bring him back when hes just past his prime. but they need to accept a reasonable offer...

Posted by: wordup1 | February 11, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

If he continues this level of play, 10 million pounds, rather than dollars, would be about right. I hope MLS and Everton, or another club, can work out a deal. Landon has accomplished all he can in MLS but the sky is the limit in Europe.

Posted by: popoki08 | February 11, 2010 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Jozy Altidore went for 10 million and he was unproven. As of now mls is not going to glance at less than 15 million. It'll probably take 20 million for a club to get him, which I doubt Mls will let happen. Why did he have to sign that contract?!

Posted by: kchin2 | February 11, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Why did he sign that contract? I believe it was precisely to do what you bemoan. Raise the bar for prying him from the MLS, the league that groomed him and made him what he is. It's a huge payback and helping hand to the MLS. And I respect Donovan for doing it when he could have chosen to double or triple his salary in a European league without having signed the MLS contract

Posted by: tlevins | February 11, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Well, if Hull fans are demanding the team give up 6.5 million for Jozy, then I know Lando is worth at least that much and more.

I think I read somewhere that he put in an escape clause in his new contract that will let him go if he wants to. But, does he really want to stay in Europe? He told UK media before his transfer that no matter what this would be his last transfer to Europe. So who knows?

Posted by: BobZ1 | February 11, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm curious of folks opinion on how truly alien these grounds we're walking on right now. Or in better words the ground that Donovan is running around on.

Has anyone else done as much for his club, country, and the stinking league he's playing in as Landon? I know he flubbed his pk in the MLS Cup, but I'd take that time and time again as even a Galaxy fan if he could bury that for the Yanks. You could argue that Beckham really helped Serie A when he paid to stay in it, no?
But really nothing like what Donovan has done as of late.
He's a stud if there ever was one for the Stars and Stripes and the haters have little leg left to stand on these days.
I'm a little pissed I didn't stay home and hunt for feeds of this match, but I'm sure I'll catch him in action again soon.
To be terribly honest, if it wasn't for Donovan playing in England right now I'd never have watched the other two EPL matches I took in today... How bout them Wolves!?LOL.
Must get some rest soon. Too much pirate's rum.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 11, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

"That was Landon's best game for us," said Moyes. "But I don't think we'll be able to keep him when his three-month loan expires unfortunately."

Wishful thinking by us US fans?

Posted by: soccerik | February 11, 2010 3:34 AM | Report abuse

Everton can't afford to buy him and MLS can't afford to let him go. At the end of 3 months, Landon will be back in a Galaxy jersey.

Posted by: glfrazier | February 11, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse gave Landon an 8 out of 10 ("Fantastic threat form the right") and was the highest rated player by online voters, 9.0 out of 10.

Posted by: DaninFL | February 11, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone else done as much for his club, country, and the stinking league he's playing in as Landon?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 11, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

- Howard
- McBride
- Friedel
- Dempsey

Posted by: Southeasterner | February 11, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Given his history of inconsistency, he might be wiser to play at a club like Everton where the competition for first team place is less than at a bigger club (as Onyewu found at Milan before he was injured). Perhaps that also affects his price?

Posted by: DCUSince96 | February 11, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Start the email campaign to MLS!


Posted by: hoodwich | February 11, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Landon is owned by MLS. Therefore MLS should slap a pricetag on him equal to the cost of a new stadium for DC United.



Posted by: jayrockers | February 11, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Manchester United just paid 7 million pounds for a very young, unproven defender named Chris Smalling (Fulham). Donovan has to be worth twice that in the over inflated transfer market. Everton may not be able to afford him, but several other mid table clubs might.

Posted by: harkes4ever | February 11, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

MLS shouldn't be money grubbing. Donovan has given SO much to the league for so long, he's accomplished everything he can there. Even if Everton can't afford as much as Villarreal paid for Jozy, they should still let him go.

They would benefit as well. By sacrificing a few projected million, they would gain exposure internationally; Donovan would CONTINUE to be a flag bearer for the league, but overseas. Teams would be more likely to spend on the talent we have coming up, and might actually give them playing time.

In the end, I think the league would be short sighted to hold onto Donovan until the end of time.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | February 11, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

When the loan he should come back to MLS just to be sure he doesn't get injured before the WC.

Posted by: doctortechie | February 11, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

$5-10M US is ridiculously low given the high prices paid for less proven, less talented players. It would be high for MLS but low on the world stage. Everton pay in British pounds which makes US players relatively cheap. A fair price would be $15-20M pounds which would be on the order of 20-25M dollars. That would be fair since he is proving he is more than up to the task of playing in the EPL. He needs to score a few to make them salivate. Everton want him but are trying to get him on the cheap. MLS should hold its guns and raise the price. LD should stay in Everton to improve his game and our chances at the WC

Posted by: RRP1 | February 11, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

All that's left for Landon to become a true EPL player is to drive his Ferrari at 100 mph, get in a bar fight, and shag a teammate's WAG.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 11, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

MLS should sell him to the highest bidder that isn't Real Madrid.

Posted by: Reignking | February 11, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone have a list of last summer's transfers? That's what we should be comparing him to.

Posted by: Reignking | February 11, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

A couple thoughts:

1 - Landon's little tiff with Becks last year drew plenty of attention and publicity to MLS, at virtually no cost to the league. That's in addition to what he's paid to do on the field.

2 - English fans must be watching Donovan playing in form and thinking "what'll he do in SA?"

I sure am.

Posted by: Modibo | February 11, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

He was the Daily Mail and Sun's MOTM despite his teammate Saha's two goals, which means his performance must have truly been outstanding. (He looked great in the clips.) Ashley Cole is no chump, but he had his hands full. And Landon comes back to win the ball and doesn't expect Neville to do all the heavy lifting. I'm thrilled to see Landon do so well.

Posted by: b18bolo | February 11, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

He'll come back to MLS, coast and soak up the sunny CA weather, play his butt off in SA ... then go for about $20M in August, with the understanding that he won't join whatever team until the Galaxy's season is toast.

Posted by: nairbsod | February 11, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Maybe AC Milan will buy him ;)

Posted by: Reignking | February 11, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Clubs are constantly combing the planet for talent and spending millions on players that they hope might one day become half as good as LD. Man of the Match against Chelsea. It is irrelevant whether Everton can afford him. Some club will gladly cough up $2X million for him. His days toiling for the Galaxy are numbered, and that number is very small.

Posted by: weliveindc | February 11, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

One slight problem mentioned at the tail end of The Independent link:

Moyes does not believe he can keep Donovan beyond his 10-week loan period, the Californian having signed a new contract binding him to LA Galaxy when the Major League Soccer season starts.

With that said, at $10 million he's a bargain. If Everton won't pay it, another club will.

Posted by: PabloChicago | February 11, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Donovan needs to stay at Everton, and MLS needs to do what they can to ensure that. At the very least, they should extend his loan for the rest of the Premier League season. If he gets a huge offer from another club in England, who's to say that Donovan will perform as well? He's in a place where the coach likes him, the fans like him, and he fits in their system. Going to another club in England that has more moola may be good business, but what good is it if Donovan ends up on the bench?

Any way; I've had my negative comments about Donovan in the past. But, there is nothing more enjoyable for me right now (at least in terms of match watching) than to find Everton matches and watch Donovan perform. It's really remarkable and fantastic.

Posted by: hacksaw | February 11, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

With all its money problems, Everton can't afford to buy Donovan. But some other English team will buy his contract--he's getting too good to pass up. Other Americans have had good games in England, but Donovan has earned outstanding reviews from every game he's played there. He's doing for US fieldplayers what Friedel did for goalkeepers.

Posted by: hungrypug | February 11, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Loved the fact that the Sun also rated the ref:
"REF: A Wiley 7." One less than Landon!
Goff -- Are you gonna start rating the refs?

Posted by: kaynfred53 | February 11, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

It's also a good fit with Moyes and his style of play. It might be tougher than we think to find a match between style of play, a real chance to be in the 11 every game, and the money to pay MLS. Everton apparently only has 2 of 3.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 11, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

@southeasterner, you're missing the main point of my question my brother(or sister), Friedel never even played in MLS did he? He hasn't done a thing for the league. My point is while all those guys you mentioned have done good things for their club's and country, NO ONE has done what Donovan has done to help the profile of the league. Beckham may sell jerseys and put butts in seats but Landon's new contract with MLS has created a new precedent and his performance for the Nats and Everton are surely making people take notice.
Not to discount what those other guys have done mind you, I'm just proud of Donovan and everything he's done in the last year in particular.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 11, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I watch Landon play and he was outstanding against Chelsea. He was a terror slashing at Chelsea's back line, but he was also able to track back and help out on defense.

Donovan's corner to Saha was picture perfect, and his moves into the Chelsea penalty area drew the penalty that Saha missed. During the game Donovan had several great crosses and moves that could have been put away stretching Everton's lead.

Out on the wing, Donovan's touch and pace were a constant danger to Chelsea. I thought it was interesting that at the beginning of the broadcast the commentators talked about whether Donovan could keep up with Ashley Cole, and by the second half it was the other way around.

Donovan has really opened some eyes in the EPL and there are more and more murmurings that the USA will not be the pushover some believed when the WC draw was announced.

Posted by: dcufan53 | February 11, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

So, in order to keep Donovan, all Everton needs to do is find somebody rich enough to buy the team -- not saddling it with debt at the same time -- and buy out Donovan's contract.

Posted by: Juan-John | February 11, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

@dad ryan,

How soon they forget. Friedel played for Columbus in 1996 and 1997 with an all time GAA of 1.11.

Virtually all players of note with the US National Team played in MLS before moving on.

Posted by: dcufan53 | February 11, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

"Donovan needs to stay at Everton, and MLS needs to do what they can to ensure that."

You mean, fold?

MLS is not going to continue to destroy itself out of altruistic concerns for individual player's careers. MLS owns Donovan, and will only sell him at a price well above his market value.

Some club will pay that price, or not, after the World Cup. I honestly think he has to prove himself on that stage before anyone will meet the price. (Any GM with $20-25M to spend would also have a TiVo of MLS Cup, or at least a functioning memory).

Until and if then, everyone can clean up financially (and meet Donovan's "needs") by keeping him playing year-round through extended loans.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | February 11, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Friedel was one of the best goalies in MLS when he was with Columbus.

But I don't think any of the 4 players Southeasterner listed have done as much for their club team, MLS as a league, and national team as Landon Donovan has done. McBride has done as much careerwise but not as much for MLS although he is still among the top all-time MLSers. Dempsey and Howard left MLS early enough in their careers that their achievements in MLS don't stack up w Donovan or McBride.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 11, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

The action I can't figure out is why Donovan re-upped for 4 years with MLS. The only positive thing I can think of is that he wanted to show some loyalty and ensure MLS gets paid if one of his loans were successful.

I also think, given the loyalty he shows, that he will choose Everton if they offer him anything, rather than take fat bank somewhere else.

Posted by: Bootleggar | February 11, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Re upping was the smart move by landon, because if he were to stink it up at everton and the world cup he would still have a big salary with the Galax, but if he did well enough other teams would want him and pay him more. MLS new this and signed it knowing that at worst he would get 15 million. Seriously Jozy went for 10 million and he never even played a game for his team. Donovan has played games against the big boys (arsenal,Chelsea, Man city(almost big)) and has done well in all those games. If Everton can't afford 15 million for one of there best players then they have serious issues. Moyes is just using that as a ploy to get the best deal.

Posted by: Norteno4life | February 11, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

What would be interesting is if Donovan wants to go to Everton, but they're only willing to pay $10 million for him, while a bigger club offers $15 million for him. That would be an interesting negotiation between Landon and MLS.

Posted by: nick19 | February 11, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Just checked - I think their transfer data is pretty good, even if their valuations are way off.

Everton paid 10M Euros for Bilyaletdinov, 6.8M for Heitinga, 6.5M for Distin, 18.5M for Fellaini, 2.75M for Pienaar, 16.5M for Yakubu, 7.5M for Baines, 6M for Jagielka, 11M for Andy Johnson (sold to Fulham for 13.3M), and 6M for Lescott (sold to ManCity for 27.5M).

Just some fodder for thought.

Posted by: nick19 | February 11, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Landon is amazing. I have been a longtime fan of his but even I didn't think he would step right in and be one of the best players on the field right off the bat. You would think that we would have some rust after the long winter layoff.

Posted by: Golden_Child | February 11, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Friedel played for the crew for 1 season. I agree with your point. Howard left as soon as he could (of course it helped it was Man U he was moving to) McBride also left pretty quickly although he has come back in his twilight years. Landon has done a lot for the league but how much was it by choice and how much was it by lack of opportunity. He has preferred to stay in MLS and hadn't done that well on his previous stints. He probably had offers to go to lower tier leagues that weren't made very public and he probably thought they weren't much better than MLS so why go. Now he has played very well in a top shelf league.

Posted by: owendylan | February 11, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

McBride didn't leave quickly. He was with the sCrew from 1996-2004.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 11, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow - a lot of pie in the sky transfer talk here!

First, he can't go anywhere until June (in reality, after the World Cup). Needs another transfer window to open.

Next, Everton are probably just thinking about extending the loan for the rest of the season. That's what will be on the table next month that the Galaxy and MLS will have to consider. Do you let such a good player go (with his wages coming back from Everton) in the opening months of the season? What's the risk and reward? I think there's more to gain for US soccer with him staying at Everton, but MLS might not give two sh*ts about that.

A lot will happen between the purple patch he's enjoying now and the next transfer window. More Premier League play, maybe a few months in MLS, a World Cup, his 28th birthday, etc. His market value will be affected by all those things.

If Everton offer 15 million GBP - MLS will accept it. They won't even think twice. Hell, that covers a majority of the yearly capped league salary fund!

That said, I don't think that's Landon's value - even the day after skinning Ashley Cole to bits. Don't forget, in the Premier League clubs pay more for domestic talent (see: Chris Smalling above) and youth/potential (see: Smalling and Altidore in Spain). You can justify a large fee for a younger player due to the increased likelihood that the player can be sold again in the future. Donovan is no spring chicken in world football terms. You don't pay for achievement as much as potential.

Also, I was not aware that Everton were broke. I think every club is struggling with debt in the post-crash economy, but Everton not more so than others. They were inactive in the winter window, but paid 7mil GBP for Johnny Heitinga and 15mil for Fellaini in the past couple seasons.

If we were still in a transfer window I think maybe they'd offer up to 8 or $9 million. Maybe about 5.5 mil GBP?

Posted by: Kev29 | February 11, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the history lesson guys, shoulda known better than using Wiki to learn about Friedel's pro career... No mention of him playing for the Crew there...

I know it may be hard to believe with me being a "Founding Father" of this blog and all, that the only pro sports I spent any time watching in 96 were Seattle Super Sonics...

I really didn't start my downward spiral into the madness of the world's game until after I moved to the DC area in 2004. So as much as I've tried to "study up" on some of the history of MLS and World Football in general there is still a lifetime worth of catching up for me to do. The great part about that, is that places like this blog in particular have a wealth of collective memory and experience that makes it all a pleasure. I appreciate that to no end, and thank everyone who's helped me understand why this sport and it's culture is so incredible.

Still, my point is that Donovan has done more for Club, Country, and MLS itself than any Nat out there.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 11, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

He should get out of the EPL before they start trying to break his legs as the WC approaches. We're playing England- this is just where they want him so they can take him out.

Landon come home!

Posted by: staticvars | February 11, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

don't apologize, DR. i think landon has done more for club, country, and MLS than anyone else, even if you view each of the levels separately. put the three levels together collectively and it ain't even close.

but I'd rather go drink beer with McBride.

Posted by: troy6 | February 11, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

You have to love those quotes, but the most shocking quote of the day (or at least the most distressing) is that Moyes is already saying "we cannot afford him" to stay--though its obvious he wants him to stay... I was under the impression that LD had more influence in his contract to decide where he wants to play, if he wants to move on. Heck, Galaxy fans are telling him to stay in England!

PS. my interview with Steve Sampson is up regarding the who Harkes/Wynalda Scandal:

Posted by: dwreck1971 | February 12, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

hey everton fan here from liverpool.

all you guys saying donovan being the best player on the pitch every game and everton finnaly got a talented player, you guys couldint be more wrong.

england is know known as a big 5 as everton have finnished 5th the last 2 seasons,

everton doesnt have any avarage players mainly world class only.

and i dont think donovan has yet been named man of the match by the offical game, against chelsea saha got man of the match. and every other game fellaini.

and to most of you who commented read more into the EPL from the last 7 years everton have been the biggest contender for top 4 and 2004/05 we broke into it and finnished 4th and got into the champions league.

also saying we carnt afford donovan and where in money problems is far off. 18months ago there was reports we had no money for transfers and we spent around 30million and 18 million on fellaini which is around 33 million US dollers.

and at the summer it looks like we will be selling 18year old jack rodwell to man united for about 25-30 million £, theres 60million USD.

personally i would love everton to sign donovan but he would have to improve big time for next season to get into the team with the likes of Arteta-Cahill-Fellaini-Pienaar-Neville-Billy-Osman-Gosling-Rodwell are midfielders atm, i would only see him as a sub if we had all them fit.

even if he was valued at 20million USD. the only problem moyes would have with that is his age we normaly only pay out over £10 000 000 for younger players, billy has been keeping a warm seat on the bench for us this season and he was around £11million (20million USD)

Posted by: jamesspeakman2008 | February 12, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

also donovans wages atm is 900 000 USD (£450 000) thats nothing in the EPL, with everton he will be making around £50 000 (100 000 USD) a week then theres bonuses he will make around £8million (15 million USD)a year big diffrence.

Posted by: jamesspeakman2008 | February 12, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

reading through more of these are making me laugh, people saying he will be better than everton than a bigger club! your all americans you only hear about the big 4 over there ! arsenal chelsea man united liverpool... everton are one of the most succesful teams ever we produced rooney, and the worlds greatest "EVER" striker Dixie Dean.(scored 60 goals in 1 season never been beaten!)

everton are a mazzive club bigger than spurs. villa. man city. chelsea. (chelsea and city have got money thats all. there history put together isint even half as much as everton have accomplished.)

1980s everton and liverpool where the 2 greatest teams on the planet, everton where a titch better.

talk here about inter milan and teams like bayern big teams.. put everton in la liga, seria A, bundesliga, we will be finnishing 3rd in la liga, 1st in seria A, and 1st in bundesliga. inter milan and ac milan... bayern are nothing compaired to everton.
next season with donovan or not everton will become a top 3 premiership team. liverpool will lose torres arsenal will lose Fab-tastic and drop out with everton challenging man united + chelsea for the league and man city filling in the 4th spot.

history doesn't lie, US only just started following "soccer" and comment here saying "everton carnt afford him a big club will buy him"

we still have one of the greatest stadiums in the world and we want a new 1, check out the designs for are new one

last season again (5th) and Runners up in the FA Cup scoring the fastest ever goal in the final (louis saha) beating liverpool, villa, boro, man united *at wembley semi* losing 2-1 to chelsea in the final.

Do more reseach americans. donovan is an avarage player, playing good in a team of world class players. like messi says hes not going to be able to play as he does for barca while playing for argentina,

donovan has players around him in the US who arnt worth a penny in england so its no supprise you guys think hes the best in are team because hes playing the way he is he has phil neville behind him hes won the premiership like 10 times and the champions league and everything else in england, and saha in front of him whos also won them all, fellaini prob the best player in the premiership over the last 2 months and pienaar, arteta, cahill, all could get into any team on the planet.
there the reason hes playing so good.

Posted by: jamesspeakman2008 | February 12, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

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