Landon Donovan Lists Manhattan Beach Compound as Rumors Swirl About His Return to the English Premier League
It’s been a huge week for U.S. soccer star Landon Donovan. First, the all-time leading scorer for the U.S. national team earned Major League Soccer’s Player of the Week honor last week for pushing his LA Galaxy team to three wins.
Now this question: Where’s Donovan moving to?
Donovan’s crib in the oceanside city south of Los Angeles hit the market seven days ago. Listed for $4.295 million, the spread is pretty much exactly what you’d want if you were a young star whose national team training sessions were nearby; it is a fantastic house to live and play in.
The compound, which was featured on “MTV Cribs” awhile back, consists of two separate houses on adjoining lots. Donovan had the main house customized by Moloney Development in 2007 and later added a second structure when he bought the lot next door. He lived there with his former wife, Bianca Kajlich, the “Rules of Engagement” sitcom star to whom he was married from 2006 until their divorce in 2010.
Throughout Donovan’s world travels, including his triumphant goal during the 2010 World Cup that kept the U.S. team alive despite some challenging officiating, he has called Manhattan Beach home. The main house is the more elevated structure and consists of an open floor plan with French terra-cotta tile floors, custom wrought iron and cathedral ceilings.
The lower house was built to be the play zone, with a swimming pool, massage room, steam room, sauna, cold plunge and Jacuzzi. There’s also a theater, bar area and storage for 300 bottles of wine.
Merry Ol’ England Beckons?
Donovan’s decision to list his home comes amid continued rumors that the 30-year-old scoring machine might be headed back to England. His old captain with Everton of the Premier League told Sports Illustrated that he would love to get Donovan to return to England — permanently.
Reports are that while the MLS has resisted the idea of letting its star go, the league is on better financial footing and could be open to taking cash to make Donovan a free man. The MLS has twice allowed Donovan to be loaned to the Premier League squad, but it could be different the next time Everton comes calling … with checkbook in hand.
According to Sports Illustrated, Everton captain Phil Neville has been badgering Donovan to return to the team.
If there is a chance, I make sure that I try (to tempt him to Everton) every time I speak to him. That’s the first thing I say to him. Toward the end of his spell back in January I even tried to kidnap him for a while and keep him in England! I’m telling the truth here when I say the last two times he’s been over he’s totally transformed our season. He’s the ultimate professional, he’s got great quality and the Everton fans love him. He’s a hero at Goodison Park, and he’s played less than 20 games for us. I’ve played with some world-class right-sided players in my time, and he’s up there with them.”
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