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Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009

Galaxy's Donovan may be loaned to Everton

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) U.S. forward Landon Donovan is in talks about a loan move to Everton that would give him experience in the English Premier League in the runup to the World Cup.

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Crossing the pond: Landon Donovan may be moving to Everton on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy. AP PHOTO

The loan would put the Los Angeles Galaxy star on the same team as U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard and allow him to play against many of the England players he will face in South Africa next June.

"Landon is a player (that manager) David Moyes has identified as someone he would like to bring to the club," Everton chief executive Robert Elstone said Thursday. "We are working to make that happen and hope we can reach agreement soon with all the appropriate parties."

Everton lost last season's F.A. Cup final to Chelsea. It is 15th in the 20-team Premier League standings.

If a deal is reached, Donovan would likely join the Liverpool-based club in January for three months before returning to the U.S. for the start of the Major League Soccer season in March.

"They are one of a number of clubs who have contacted the Galaxy about the possibility of a short-term loan agreement for Landon," the Galaxy said in a statement. "The Galaxy, MLS and Landon's representative will work together to determine if and whether an arrangement with Everton or any other club would be beneficial to all parties."

England midfielder David Beckham, Donovan's Galaxy teammate, will also be on loan in January for a second stint at AC Milan, but he will not return to L.A. until after the World Cup.

While Donovan has an American record 42 goals in 120 internationals, he has struggled during three previous stints in Europe.

He signed a six-year deal with Bayern Leverkusen as a 16-year-old in 1999, but didn't play a game in two years and was loaned to the San Jose Earthquakes of MLS in 2001.

After four seasons in the MLS, he rejoined Leverkusen in January 2005. He made nine appearances — seven in the Bundesliga and two in the Champions League — but just two of them were starts. Two months later, he returned to the MLS with the Galaxy.

He made five Bundesliga appearances and one German Cup appearance for Bayern Munich during a loan earlier this year.

Ronaldinho honored

LONDON (AP) The Brazilian star Ronaldinho has been selected soccer player of the decade by World Soccer magazine.

Ronaldinho finished ahead of Argentina forward Lionel Messi and Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo in the voting.

Ronaldinho, a playmaker for AC Milan, helped Brazil win the 2002 World Cup and Barcelona capture the 2006 Champions League.

The results were announced Thursday and determined by annual votes from 2000-09.

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