Why Donovan should stay
With Landon Dononvan’s loan period about to expire, Donoavn will be leaving both a squad and a league that has helped his form to prosper well beyond what was imagined. The LA Galaxy standout has made the most out of his time at Goodison Park. A past loan with Bayern Munich last year saw Landon Donovan leave as soon as possible with his tail between his legs. This is the first time that Donovan has excelled in a top flight league. He has performed well on the pitch against players that the US will face in World Cup play. The quality of the opponents that Donovan has faced at Everton are on a completely different plane than what is in the MLS. You want your country’s best to play in leagues where they are tested. If you are one of the best in your league matches become glorified practise sessions with no one to test your skill.
For the first time in his abroad career Donovan has found himself part of a club that uses him. His time was not spent riding the bench as in a past stint at Bayern Munich. Bruce Arena, general Manager of the LA Galaxy says that Landon Donovan’s loan is unlikely to be extended. Arena needs to view the bigger picture. With stars from the league going aborad and actively competing with the best, the league profile will be raised. That alone is worth the price of one Landon Donovan.