Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Donovan inks fresh MLS deal (updated)

L.A. Galaxy star Landon Donovan is set to announce a loan move to Everton. The press conference is set to begin and you can watch it live here.

There has also been speculation that either 1) the Galaxy will announce a sweetened contract for Donovan and/or 2) another player acquisition.

Back after the presser with all the details...

UPDATE: Surprise! Donovan will still probably complete a mini-loan to Everton, but today's news conference was to announce an improved contract that will tie Donovan to MLS through the 2013 season.


- Greg Seltzer

10 comments:

Dave said...

Any take on this Greg? Ives suspected that the contract might have an buy out clause should LD get a sweet offer from Europe after the WC. I pray to god he is correct. Hopefully this makes a Euro move easier for LD then a usual MLS contract, which can see quite tough to get out of at time.

Connor Walsh said...

I really want the world to respect our best player, but in no way, shape, or form is this the way to do it. He now has no chance for a permanent move away from MLS. These pathetic 3 month loan deals at the end of every season are laughable. He could now score 20 goals at Everton and MLS would jack up his price to something ridiculous, further stymieing the progress of our national program and worldwide respect. Landon has given his best to MLS for years and for them to keep him from pursuing his dream overseas is an outrage and for him to accept staying in MLS is a travesty.

jon said...

As far as having a new contract or MLS picking up their option with the old one, I see no difference as far as LD ever making a permanent move to Europe. In fact, all the speculation about transfer clauses suggests it might be easier for him to make the move now. So the negative reactions to this new deal seem a bit overblown and perhaps that's because MLS has garnered a reputation for setting insane transfer fees for their stars.

What may be more telling were Landon's comments at the news conference. I realize it's hard to take athletes' words at face value when it comes to team loyalty, etc, but he didn't sound like someone looking to permanently leave LA in 6 or 12 months time.

jon said...

Also, I think it's time we sever ties with the notion that where Landon plays has anything to do with worldwide respect of US Soccer.

andu said...

Why...why...why!!! I don't understand. Was he going to be out of contract? Wouldn't that make it easier for him to move, like anywhere in Europe? Or is he getting better terms over existing deal in order to better facilitate a potential move? This idea of just going out on mini loans is ridiculous, that is not "playing" in Europe...

Please, please tell me he has real ambitions to play outside of MLS... What is the story here?

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Emile said...

Landon is going to play the rest of his career in MLS, and good for him. He's doing a tremendous service for the future of US soccer, making a good salary, becoming a domestic media figure, and living where he wants.

It's well past time to get over this need for legitimacy from Europeans about our program.

Greg Seltzer said...

I don't believe anyone's gripe contains anything about "legitimacy from Europeans about our program". That has nothing to do with it.

andu said...
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andu said...

So I think the story is money. I understand the deal takes him from 900k a season up to 2.25 million a season. How would that compare to wages on a mid to upper level Premier League team? Also it is interesting to compare that to Stuart Holden, was is just coming off a contract making 34k a season?