Donovan Gets Assist in Everton Debut

Although EPL types don’t really count assists.

The final score: 2-2 with Arsenal equalizing in second half stoppage time.

i-1da77d48fe4d2e0e074c50fa7549a719-donovanblue.jpgThe Galaxy’s Donovan looks good in blue. Here Arsenal’s Andrey Arshavin attempts to hold him off in today’s game in London, one of the few to survive England’s deep freeze. (AP Photo).

Landon Donovan started, lasted 68 minutes and got his assist off a corner kick. Check out his role in Everton’s opening goal here.

Full disclosure: I didn’t watch the game on the Internet, so for some (unedited) instant analysis on Donovan’s performance in the first 45 minutes, let’s turn to L.A. Riot Squad member Dan Schuette:

“Not a bad first half. Donovan took a bit to settle in as could be expected. Looked a bit slow to start but eventually, slotted in well. Tracked back well on several occasion and showed his speed doing so on one particular break by Arsenal.

Hasn’t had much to work with but when they did attack from the right, it showed the most potential and fluidity. Traore has been horrible yet Everton continues to attempt to ignore their best options by seeming to attack from the left. Gallas, Sagna, Traore all look sketchy.

Arsenal has had virtually no attack or build up. Everton look much the better team but can’t seem to put together a few, sustained passes. I expect Everton to exploit the right side a bit more in the second half.

Landon looks good ! Better than what I would have thought.

And here’s Galaxy Assistant Head Coach Dave Sarachan’s assessment via Twitvid from a local pub (from MLS Insider):

Updated:

A complete game story and roundup of games from around Europe is here.

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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!
  • Mike Watkins

    Nick, thanks for the update stateside. Most have said that Donovan was not fit enough since he has not played a competitive match in eleven weeks. I’ll I have to is, bollocks.