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2/11/10 4:28 PM
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 It's long been said that he is as good as he wants to be. So I guess he wants to be good right now ahead of the WC
2/11/10 7:25 PM
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Landycakes is a wrecking machine!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/c/chelsea/8511556.stm

"Ankle fracture rules Ashley Cole out for three months

Cole limped off after sustaining the injury at Goodison Park

Chelsea will be without Ashley Cole for around three months after the England defender fractured his left ankle in Wednesday's 2-1 defeat by Everton.

The 29-year-old left-back limped off in the second half after a challenge by Everton's Landon Donovan."

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2/13/10 8:46 AM
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It's a conspiracy! With the World Cup coming up, and the US in our group, Landon injures the best left-back in the world!

Well, he should be over the injury, but he'll really be struggling to be fit to play by then. Considering that we should get through the group though, I would hope he'd be ready by the second round at least. But then you never know with these things, they often give a length of time and the player heals up much sooner.
2/13/10 3:52 PM
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I'm sure Leighton Baines took Landy out to a nice dinner after that...
2/15/10 9:27 AM
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Haha, never even thought of that, his new teammate benefits as well...
2/21/10 1:44 PM
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The fans named him as Everton Player of the Month for January and he looked good again against ManUre yesterday. His loan needs to be extended STAT!
2/22/10 12:20 PM
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What a game this weekend
3/8/10 1:04 AM
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Final Evertn game...

comes on as a late 2nd half sub...

scores 1 goal

has 1 assist

no more comments needed
3/8/10 11:38 AM
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That was the final home game. He still has one more game away vs Birmingham (I think). Hopefully he gets to play the full 90.

There are rumors that Chelsea are after Donovan as replacement for Joe Cole, should he go to Man U. Liverpool are rumored to be interested, as well.
3/8/10 11:41 AM
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That was his last home game, his last game will be this weekend at Birmingham. I really hope they can get the loan extended. Lando has nothing to gain going back to LA at this point. Sticking out the Premier League season is the best option for both him and the US going into the World Cup.

I just read this great piece on an Everton fan site, hopefully someone forwards it on to Lando:


An Open Letter to Landon Donovan
By Nate Kopp : 07/03/2010 : Comments (9) :

So, Landon, it appears you wouldn't mind extending your loan deal for a little longer. True, you haven't really come out and announced anything, and your diplomacy is laudable. Respecting your fans and current employers in Los Angeles rather than making petulant transfer demands displays honor and good character, and others would do well to note your example (Joleon... paying attention?).

Your silence is telling, though. You could have put the rumors to bed long ago, yet you allow them to persist. One makes certain assumptions, and as politically savvy as you seem to be, no doubt those general assumptions are not lost on you. David Moyes has publicly alleged that all parties are keen on extending your loan deal with Everton, and for a man who clearly stated his disgust for unsettling players throughout last summer's Lescott/Manchester City drama, that's saying something. You and Moyes have talked. You're both "keen". Everybody knows.

Unfortunately, your boss in LA, Bruce Arena, has reiterated the MLS party line in no uncertain terms: "We're not interested [in extending the loan]. Landon will be back here on March 15, as we have said all along." A pretty damning statement, as far as your desires are concerned.

Arena's position is understandable – you are his best player by far, and without you in his team, his job gets harder. Bruce seems like a good guy and a decent manager, and the history you share, both with the Galaxy and during his tenure as the US National Team coach, has probably generated an uncommon level of mutual respect and friendship.

That relationship only means so much, apparently. The stand Arena has taken against your loan extension shows where your personal welfare ranks on his priority list: below his job duties. Far enough below, in fact, so that he has no qualms in undermining a deal you so obviously want. Good for Bruce for being committed to making his team as good as possible, but his motivations are not the same as yours, nor should they be.

So what are your motivations? Money? Prestige? A new challenge? There is a long list of reasons why Everton suits your private ambitions better than MLS can, and those reasons have no doubt been rehashed to death by your advisers and by everyone at Everton who wants you to stay. Money, personal accolades, and a desire to test yourself may be compelling considerations on their own, but there is something greater at stake here: an opportunity to force real progress upon American soccer.

David Beckham's arrival in the United States was supposed to be that great leap forward, but it didn't really happen, partly because he has made it quite clear that he would rather be in Milan. To be fair, MLS's model was flawed as well, as it sought to buy its way past the entrenched xenophobic prejudice of adult American sports fans rather than appeal directly to those without a built-in block. This is where you come in, Landon.

Today in the USA, people have unprecedented access to European football. Kids have always played the game here – its status as most-played among all sports in America is well publicized and unquestioned. However, in the not-too-distant past, young players in America reached a certain age and switched their focus to different sports like baseball, basketball, and football, in large part because these sports afforded them the chance to idolize and mimic the professional athletes they saw on television. Televised, romanticized American sports allowed kids to dream of athletic achievement in ways that soccer did not.




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3/8/10 11:41 AM
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The recent rise of television channels like Fox Soccer Channel, Gol TV, and until this year, Setanta, have shown soccer-playing kids in the States that there are places where excellence in soccer is rewarded with the same honors granted to American football and basketball players. Kids are taking note. You can now go to the parks and backyards of America and find kids pretending to be Ronaldo and Messi, in addition to LeBron James and Peyton Manning. These kids are the future of US soccer. They watch you too, Landon, and could be your legacy.

To say that you have a responsibility to these children or to American soccer as a whole would be unfair and naive. You don't owe anything to anyone. Your career is yours to guide, your life is yours alone, and anyone who tries to label you as the single shining hope for American soccer is shortsighted. In truth, if it's not you, it will be someone else who eventually brings the United States out of the footballing backwaters and truly puts it in the global scene. On a long enough timeline, it will happen.

What you have at this moment is not a responsibility, but an opportunity. Look at your current situation. Right now, you are the best American player, you are in the prime of your athletic life, and you have tested and proven yourself, albeit for about a month, in the most physically demanding and most watched league in the world. Your professionalism and your performances against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United have ingratiated you to Evertonians, who are presently calling with one voice for you to stay and become a permanent fixture in their club.

This non-American stamp of approval is not lost upon the casual soccer fan at home, nor on the 8-year-old American kid who has never seen one of his countrymen so applauded for excelling at what is still seen in the US as a game played by foreigners. The longer you remain under the bright lights of the international sporting media, the more possible it seems for that kid to make something out of the game he already knows, rather than switch to something else at a predetermined age.

A common practice among US soccer fans is fantasizing about what the National Team could do if the top-tier athletes weren't all playing other sports. What if an 8-year-old LeBron James had access to as many highlight reels of Maradona and Zidane as he did to those of Michael Jordan? Mere wishful speculation, of course, but imagine the collective soccer potential for all of the grade school American kids who will become tomorrow's elite athletes. The prospects are frightening. All they need is a reason to care about soccer.

Once you secure an extended stay, your role is simple: just play. You don't have to announce that you're 'doing this for all the kids in the States' or anything similarly trite. You don't have to make any statements about the unrecognized quality of the American game. Not much is asked of you, really. The past month has shown that you have the ability to succeed in the Premier League, so now all you need to do is put your head down and play. Your American citizenship will take care of the rest, linking what the kids see on TV with a sense of national identity and an aura of hopeful possibility.

Now is the time to stop being so unfailingly diplomatic about this whole loan extension ordeal. If MLS and Bruce Arena have their way, you'll be back in LA before the month is out, and the momentum you have built with Everton will be lost. You might try again sometime in the future, but you will be coming back to a team that has progressed without you and may not need you anymore. You have the power right now to alter the course of your career and speed the progress of American soccer.

Announce your firm desire to stay for the rest of the season, and then start working on a long-term transfer to continue after South Africa. Put pressure on MLS to grant you the opportunity to further the greater good. Stay in England, and watch the numbers of young American soccer players grow. Watch more American kids continue to play soccer even when given the chance to switch to something else. Watch the bedrock of homegrown talent upon which the MLS relies get broader and deeper as these kids grow up.

Stay in England, Landon, and give these kids a reason to believe that you are not merely the high water mark for American soccer, but the beginning of a shift in the tide.
3/8/10 11:45 AM
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I found it awesome to see Neville start up the USA chant after the goal lol
3/8/10 11:51 AM
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Great way to send Donovan off, the players/fans reaction was awesome. Wish he could stay, I think he belongs at Everton.
3/8/10 11:54 AM
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He really does belong at Everton. His teammates love him, the fans love him, the Moyesiah loves him, and his form has been outstanding throughout his tenure. His loan needs to be extended through the end of the season and a permanent transfer has to be the primary order of business in the close season
3/8/10 11:54 AM
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The only way the extension can be done is if the league and players don't come to an agreement to start on time, or he breaks contract, I believe.

Great for him for making this kind of an impact.
3/8/10 1:03 PM
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Sporst Illustrated on the Landycakes love-in.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/grant_wahl/03/08/donovan.everton/index.html?eref=sihp
3/8/10 1:08 PM
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Great article.
3/8/10 2:11 PM
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Extendo - The only way the extension can be done is if the league and players don't come to an agreement to start on time, or he breaks contract, I believe.



Or Arena and Garber can get their heads out of their collective asses and realize that it's in the best interests of both Donovan and the national team to let him stay in the Premier League and work out an extension to the loan deal. Landon's done more for MLS and US soccer than any other player, he should be allowed to move on if he wants to. What is there left for him to accomplish in MLS? Not a thing
3/8/10 4:28 PM
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I agree, grizz632. Doubt we'll see it though.
3/8/10 5:05 PM
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I doubt we'll see it also, and as an American Everton supporter that is unbelievably frustrating...
3/11/10 8:53 PM
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Still no progress on the MLS collective bargaining agreement. The players will strike soon, so Landon might be staying after all.
3/11/10 10:27 PM
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The MLS players voted 383 to 2 in favor of striking if a new Collective Bargaining Agreement isn't reached before March 25th


I'm guessing Landon wasn't one of the two dissenters...
3/11/10 10:41 PM
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Sign him up! Sign him up!
3/12/10 6:48 AM
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It would be really funny if he did extend the loan after all that surrounding the Beckham loan and book last year
3/17/10 12:29 AM
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Back in the USA.

Great job by Landycakes.

MLS strike...Beckham out injured for a while...oh me oh my.

Going from 20,000+ insane fans every game to...well the MLS. I guess LA does have nice weather.

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