Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan officially began his 10-week loan spell with Everton on Tuesday, and said he hopes to help the club climb the Premiership standings, as well as remain sharp for the World Cup.
Donovan, who will play in England before returning to L.A. in March, won't be the only American on the team: U.S. national team cohort Tim Howard serves as Everton's starting goalkeeper.
"I am ready to enjoy it and I want to personally get myself sharp while I am here," Donovan told Everton's official website.
"Tim Howard has had nothing but great things to say about this team so I am excited. Going into a World Cup year this experience will keep me sharp."
Everton currently sits 11th in the Premiership standings, just four points above of the relegation zone. Manager David Moyes will hope Donovan's attacking ability can lend offensive spark to a team that has managed just 26 goals in 19 matches this season.
This isn't the first time Donovan, winner of last season's MLS most valuable player, has tried his hand at European club soccer.
The 27-year-old made seven appearances for Bayer Leverkusen as a teenager and went back to Germany for another loan spell with Bayern Munich last year.
The U.S. will play in Group C in South Africa with games against England (June 12), Slovenia (June 18) and Algeria (June 23).