Galaxy asks Donovan to stay in MLS during off season, despite Klinsmannís advice
Donovan, who has already played twice in different spells at Everton, will remain in the United States this fall after Galaxy coach Bruce Arena announced that the club will not allow Donovan to play in the Premier League this season.
“Our players aren’t going anywhere,” Arena told the LA Galaxy podcast. “They had a full 11 months of playing and they need some time off. Even though we argue that the [off-season] layoff is going to be too long, he [Robbie Keane] can go into the camp with the U.S. team in January, as will Landon Donovan.
“Our players have had a really tough run this year, in particular Robbie [Keane] and Omar [Gonzalez] with all their requirements with their national teams.”
Decision to keep Donovan in the MLS goes against the desires of United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who had asked players to find action in Europe during their break in January in preparation for the World Cup next year.
Donovan, who was United States most coveted player during the 2010 World Cup, could have dropped himself out of the World Cup. According to reports, Donovan imposed a self-exile from football earlier this year, which could have seen him lose his spot in the United States squad.
Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey was also expected to make a return to the Premier League by joining Everton, but he too is expected to remain in MLS. Donovan’s teammate Robbie Keane was expected to make loan move to the Premier League, but the forward was force to go under the knife because of surgery to Achilles tendon.
“I’m loving it in the States and there’s a lot of pressure when you go over there as one of the designated players,” Keane told reporters. “There’s a lot of pressure on your shoulders because the fans and players look up to you to do something in the game. If you’re playing in England, you’ve got 17 players around you on the same level.
“I’ve enjoyed everything about Galaxy so far. I’ve been scoring goals, playing some good football and was delighted to sign a new contract.”