Landon Donovan will see mini six part documentary released this week all about his unparalleled career. The former on-loan Everton star plays his final regular season home game for LA Galaxy on Sunday.
‘Legend: An extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a particular field.’
Usually someone was only described as a legend once they had died but nowadays we have plenty of living legends in the beautiful game… Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Landon Donovan.
By Becki Cookson – @beckicookson
Yes, that’s right… America’s Landon Donovan. The MLS are releasing a mini six-part documentary series this week called, Landon Donovan: LegenD. Each episode highlights a theme from the American’s supreme career, with one premiering every day ahead of his final regular season home game this Sunday (Oct 19) when LA Galaxy take on Seattle Sounders FC.
Now, Americans or general fans of USA, think back to the team’s second game of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, which seems like ages and ages ago now. If you were completely honest, you had probably given up on the team by that stage hadn’t you?
The Americans scrapped themselves an unconvincing result drawing 1-1 against Group C favourites, Fabio Capello’s England. The United States and England finished tied at the top of the group (much to the surprise of England fans) with five points each, but as the US scored more goals than the Three Lions in their three games they won the group and advanced to face Group D runners-up, Ghana, while England, as group runners-up, faced the winners of Group D, Germany. And the rest we know is history.
Anyway the United States were now playing not so highly regarded Slovenia and it wasn’t going very well. They conceded an early goal just like in the England game – a 13th minute striker from Valter Birsa and then let in a second right before halftime they looked like they were fighting a losing battle.
It would have been unfair to say that the players had given up but they were in desperate need of a lift and a leader. That was to be Landon Donovan, who had provided leadership before in his career, scoring the second and final goal in the US national team’s greatest win of all time in the win over Mexico which sent the Americans to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup.
But Donovan like many other successful people, not just in sports, used his failures as both learning experiences and fuel. During the winter of 2009-2010 he came to Britain for a loan stint with Everton and proved that he could excel at the top-level – the Premier League. It was a very successful spell for the American who won Everton’s Player of the Month award in January 2010, which he repeated two years later.
An agreement was reached in December 2011 for Donovan to spend another two months at Everton from January 2012. He made his returning debut on January 4, in the defeat to Bolton. Donovan had grabbed seven assists and two goals by the time his loan stint came to an end.
One of his goals came on his final home game for Everton against Hull City. Even though he was only brought in to made up the squad numbers neither he nor Evertonians could have imagined how popular he would have become during his two loan spells. His final game at Goodison Park was full of emotion for both him and the fans and as an Evertonian myself I can certainly say that the 32-year-old is still held in high esteem by the Toffees faithful and I’m sure everyone would love to have him back at Goodison Park for a visit sometime soon.
Today Donovan proudly tells his Twitter followers that he is a ‘US National Team, LA Galaxy and Everton soccer player. Proud American, Angelino & Evertonian.’
Source: Liverpool Echo and MLSSoccer.com