Wednesday Kicks: Donovan Drops Everton Hints & More

The Galaxy’s Landon Donovan sounds more than a mite interested in staying/returning to Everton: “Every day that goes by makes me think that I want to stay here,” he told the Associated Press.

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LIVERPOOL, England — Landon Donovan expects to return to Everton in the future even though he will leave the Premier League club when his 10-week loan ends next month.

The United States midfielder was Everton’s player of the month for January and has helped lift his new team from 12th place to eighth.

“I’m enjoying it and enjoying every day that I’m here,” Donovan said. “Every day that goes by makes me think that I want to stay here. “I would definitely imagine that I will be back here at some point in my life.”

The 28-year-old Donovan is due to head back to the Los Angeles Galaxy for the club’s opening Major League Soccer game on March 27.

Fans have set up a Facebook group to promote keeping Donovan at Everton. It has attracted more than 3,900 fans since being created Feb. 12.

“I wasn’t aware of that,” Donovan said. “That’s pretty funny. We’ll see what happens.”

Meanwhile, David Beckham didn’t get off the bench today as AC Milan moved into second in Serie A with a last minute 2-1 victory over Fiorentina.

The Galaxy beat Colorado 2-0 in a scrimmage today in Arizona.

Chivas USA drew 1-1 and 0-0 in a pair of 60-minute scrimmages today with the Kansas City Wizards in Arizona. Mariano Trujillo got the goal in the first game.

Chivas USA lineup (first game) – Jon Conway, Carey Talley, Emilio Viades, Carlos Borja, Ante Jazic, Mariano Trujillo, Blair Gavin, Michael Lahoud, Jorge Flores, Maykel Galindo, Justin Braun

Chivas USA lineup (second game) – Dan Kennedy, Miguel Sanchez, Claudio Surez, Yamith Cuesta, Kevin Tangney, Cesar Zamora, Mario Padilla (Jesus Ochoa 45), Ben Zemanski, Chris Ross, Chukwudi Chijindu, Artur Aghasyan

The U.S. Women’s National Team won its Algarve Cup opener today.

i-82bcb3c8a6245dd1d2adf6a1265b9c5c-boxxyalgarve.jpgTorrance’s Shannon Boxx glides past Iceland’s Rakel Honnu today in the two teams’ Algarve Cup opener (AP Photo).

Finally, Scotland-based defender Steven Old has replaced injured captain Ryan Nelsen on New Zealand’s roster for the March 3 World Cup warmup against Mexico at the Rose Bowl. The former D.C. United defender is out out four to six weeks after pulling muscles and bruising a knee Monday night during Blackburn’s 3-0 Premier League win over Bolton, but should be fit by the World Cup.

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