Donovan Signals Merseyside Return with Thursday-Morning Tweet: “Once a Toffee, always a Toffee”

Those six words came over Landon Donovan’s Twitter feed early yesterday, causing his 588,475 followers to go, “Hmmm.”

Sure enough, about six hours later, his agent, Richard Motzkin, confirmed that LD would be returning to Everton for a winter loan deal, saying, “Exciting times ahead in the New Year at Goodison Park.”

Hopefully for U.S. and Everton fans those times will be as exciting as Donovan’s 2010 spell with the club, when he had two goals and three assists in 13 appearances and was named Everton Player of the Month:

(What’s up with that “Dono” at the end, btw? Someone needs to tell them it’s “Lando”)

Donovan could make up to 11 appearances with Everton during this loan, including in a Jan. 11 matchup with Tottenham and U.S. keeper Brad Friedel, who recently said, among other unflattering things, that Donovan had taken the “easy road” by forging the bulk of his career in Major League Soccer. That game ought to be interesting.

Also of note are a Feb. 1 meeting with Manchester City, a Feb. 11 matchup against Chelsea, and the Feb. 25 Merseyside Derby versus Liverpool.

See Simon Borg’s helpful rundown of the entire LD 2012 Everton schedule here.

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