The former LA Galaxy star, who retired last December, enjoyed two loan spells at Goodison Park in 2010 and 2012.
While Landon Donovan’s time at Everton was brief, the US national team legend has made no secret of the fact that the club still hold a special in his heart.
The former LA Galaxy forward, who ended his playing career last December after winning a record sixth MLS Cup title, had two separate loan spells at Goodison Park in 2010 and 2012, recording two goals and nine assists in 22 total appearances, while establishing himself as a firm fan favourite with his committed performances.
His loyalty to the Galaxy meant that the 33-year-old never took up David Moyes’ offer to join the Toffees on a permanent basis, but speaking to World Soccer Talk, he was quick to stress how the backing he received from both the supporters and those within the club during his stints on Merseyside helped make him a Blues fan for life.
“To me it feels like it’s a family,” he told World Soccer Talk. “You’ll get pockets throughout the US, in different cities, of 20, 30 or 50 Everton fans and they probably show up every weekend to their local bar and watch the games.
“When I showed up on my first day at Everton, I was greeted by everybody. From fans to staff to ushers to players – everybody was extremely supportive, and you just got the sense that playing there and being was like being part of their family.
“They accepted you and that was a nice feeling for me, so that doesn’t just fade. That feeling that you have sticks with you forever so I’ll be a lifelong fan.”
Now retired for nearly a year, Donovan is currently contemplating his next career move and admitted earlier this week that he is considering going into management in the near future.
He already has some brief coaching experience, having overseen the MLS Homegrown Team’s penalty shootout defeat to Club America’s Under-20 side at the All-Star Game in the summer, and prior to that spent time with the US Under-20 national team before the World Cup in New Zealand.
“Before I thought I wouldn’t want to be a coach of grown men, but now that I’ve been out of it for a while, I see it differently,” Donovan told Goal.com. “I think when you’re in it it’s easy to want to get out of it quickly and remove yourself because it was such a huge part of my life for so long that I needed time to step back and get away from it. But now I would consider it.
“It would obviously have to be the right scenario, and there’s a lot of work that would need to be done before I would be ready for that. But I think my experiences have taught me a lot, and I think I’d be able to surround myself with the right people to be successful, so we’ll see what happens.”
Maybe we could see Donovan back at Everton one day, then.