Good game from the USA team today to defeat Jamaica and move onto the semi-finals. While they were aided by an errant red card and a Jamaican own goal, they did lose Jozy Altidore to injury in the first half and were playing without Landon Donovan until after the 60th minute. Fellow LA Galaxy teammate, keeper Donovan Ricketts in goal for Jamaica, did an outstanding job and showed off his crazy wingspan, but couldn’t overcome the own goal and a beautiful play from Clint Dempsey.
(There were also two Jamaican players named Daley — Omar and Keammar. A brief googling hasn’t turned up if they’re brothers or otherwise related.)
Yesterday saw Mexico mount a comeback to win 2-1 over Guatemala to earn a place in the semis as well. I am contemplating getting a Chicharito jersey (Mexican national team #14), but he’s also a Man U player, so that puts a damper on it. ;)
So, this coming Wednesday the 22nd will see Team Mexico face off against Honduras, and Team USA playing the winner of the Panama/El Salvador match later today.
Well, with the MLS collective bargaining agreement reportedly agreed to and the strike averted, it would appear that Landon Donovan will not be heading back to Everton FC any time soon, unfortunately.
I say “unfortunately” — it’s fortunate for the MLS (not to mention the LA Galaxy), who narrowly missed a potentially suicidal crisis. Unfortunate, however, for hopes of seeing Landon continue a very positive period in the Premiership.
However, I will still be following along with the Toffees and rooting for a continuing good season — already marked by a win over Bolton* today. COYB!
(* – “Bolton” will forever remind me of the “Notlob” palindrome from Monty Python. :)
Landon Donovan’s possible final game with Everton FC ended in a 2-2 draw at Birmingham City today. He came on in the 67th minute for Nigerian striker Ayegbeni Yakubu, who had scored one of the Toffees’ pair. Unfortunately, Everton let a two-goal lead slip away, losing a chance to make up ground on the team directly above them in the League standings.
Whether or not this actually is Landon’s last Everton fixture, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena expects his star back in Los Angeles right away. This despite the MLS players voting to strike if a new agreement can’t be reached with owners by March 25th. Not that there’s ever a great time to strike, but for a league still struggling for respect in the US, it seems like a particularly inopportune time.
Everton seriously want him back. We’ll see how it plays out.