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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Donovan buoyed by loan success

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) Landon Donovan says his 10-week loan from Major League Soccer to English Premier League club Everton has shown he can play at the highest level.

Donovan has returned to the Los Angeles Galaxy after starting 11 matches for Everton, happy to have won over fans of the northwest England side.

"Those closest to me know how important this was to me personally," Donovan said. "I've proved to myself that I can play against any player in the world and that's a pretty cool thing to think.

"Where I came from as a young boy, I didn't have soccer on TV and I didn't know any teams in the world outside of Manchester United or Real Madrid. To come to this point and do what I'm doing is pretty special."

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