By J.R. Eskilson
Has the rivalry between Everton and Liverpool finally spilled over to the U.S. Men’s National Team?
It sure looks like it.
Landon Donovan, the all-time leading scorer for the USMNT, is a self-described Evertonian for life after enjoying two loan spells with the Blues.
Clint Dempsey, Donovan’s USMNT teammate and one of the top players in the English Premier League last season, looks set to sign with Liverpool during this transfer period, according to various reports.
Donovan talked about the rumors and what it means for their relationship on Tuesday at the 10th Annual Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year, where he was a presenter for the award.
“That could be interesting,” Donovan told TopDrawerSoccer.com with a laugh. “But you know how these rumors go. For him, I think he deserves the chance to play at a big club, and if that is something he wants to do then by all means, he should do it.”
Last season, Dempsey scored 23 goals in 46 appearances with Fulham, in what was arguably the best performance ever from an American playing abroad.
The Texan has explicitly stated that he wants to play in Champions League in the future, but Donovan is not entirely pleased with where he is likely headed to reach that dream.
“I won’t necessarily support it too much if he goes to the Reds,” Donovan added with a smile.