On a day when the three best American soccer players on the planet shared the field at Goodison Park, what mattered wasn't that Landon Donovan was the best of the Americans. What mattered after his two-assist performance in leading Everton to a 2-1 victory was that he was the best of the 22 players on the field.
The FA Cup Fourth Round tilt was dubbed the clash of Donovan and Clint Dempsey (at least in American circles), and while it was a great chance to see the two most successful and respected American field players do battle, the dominant storyline quickly became Donovan's own outstanding performance.
He delivered a pair of perfect crosses that were headed home for the equalizing and eventual game-winning goals. He buzzed up and down the right flank, pushing Fulham left back John Arne Riise all game long, recovering from his own mistake that helped Riise set up the penalty on Fulham's opening goal.
The match was simply the latest stellar showing by Donovan since returning to ...