WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2012 - Landon Donovan is making American soccer fans proud. The 29-year-old midfielder was picked as the Everton’s player of the month for January. Donovan earned the same award when he played for Everton three years ago. He received his award at a special dinner at Liverpool’s Hilton Hotel on Tuesday.
Donovan who is on a short loan with Everton from the Los Angeles Galaxy, assisted on five of Everton’s eight goals in January. The U.S. national team player will return to the Galaxy after Saturday’s fifth-round FA Cup match against Blackpool.
“It feels good,” Donovan told Everton TV. “I think there was a point in January where no one was too happy with the way things were going, but the last few weeks have been a welcome change and a lot better, and it’s been a lot more fun to be a part of, for sure.”
Donovan made his first contribution for the Toffees in January by setting up John Heitinga’s early opener in the 2-0 FA Cup third round victory over non-league Tamworth.
Later in the month he set up Victor Anichebe goal to secure a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa and then helped the Liverpool-based club earn a 1-1 draw against Blackburn.
The 29-year-old was then the star of Everton’s 2-1 FA Cup fourth round win over Fulham - assisting on goals for Marouane Fellaini and Denis Stracqualursi. He then finished the month off by setting up Darron Gibson for the only goal against league-leaders Manchester City.
“Any time you can beat the leaders it’s a pretty special night,” Donovan said, “and my dad was there that night, so it made it a little extra special for me.”
In his first loan with Everton two years ago, the American scored two goals in 13 games.
Donovan’s form bodes well for the Galaxy. and the U.S. team as it readies for World Cup qualifies this summer.
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