Donovan Scores First EPL Goal in Everton Win

i-e32dbb575567666d8850bcfe1141e5a6-donovansunderland.jpgNow that photo to the right is a familiar sight for Galaxy fans when Landon Donovan scores, no?

And LD almost got a second goal, too.

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan scored his first Premier League goal, helping Everton defeat Sunderland 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Donovan, on a 10-week loan from Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy, scored in the 19th minute at Goodison Park with a left-footed shot off a headed pass from Tim Cahill.

Cahill put Everton ahead with a sixth-minute header at Goodison Park.

Donovan has signed a new contract with the Galaxy through 2013 and is scheduled to rejoin the team for its March 27 league opener, but a MLS work stoppage could start next week and prompt Donovan to try to extend the loan.

“The games he started were Arsenal and Manchester City, two of the better teams in the
country, and I thought he played really well in those games,” Everton manager David Moyes said. “He has not had many chances in those games but tonight he got his first one and he was a bit unlucky not to get a second with it cleared off the line. If he can add us a goal or two, that will be great.”

More details here.

Updated

Said LD on Facebook:

Fantastic night and a great result for us! It was nice to play a mid-week game after a disappointing result on Saturday against Birmingham. It was really nice to get my first goal…great header by Cahill and a great run by Saha to take the defender away. Not too much time to enjoy it with Wigan coming up on Saturday. Thanks, as always, for all the love and we’ll see you guys Saturday.

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  • Limey

    I’d love to be proved wrong and see Lando be a big success in Blighty.