Everton have confirmed that USA international forward Landon Donovan has left the club at the end of his loan spell and is heading home to rejoin LA Galaxy.
The 28-year-old netted twice in 13 appearances for the Toffees, with manager David Moyes having hoped to be able to extend Donovan's time at Goodison Park.
However, a club statement read: "Landon Donovan has returned to LA Galaxy following his ten-week loan.
"Despite attempts to extend Donovan's loan period at Everton, LA Galaxy have now recalled him to their squad ahead of the start of the MLS season on March 27.
"It is still unclear if the American league will kick off on time as the threat of a players' strike looms following disagreements over the labour contract currently in place."
Donovan himself is delighted to have impressed during his time in England, having struggled during a stint with Bayern Munich 12 months ago.
He added on the club's official website: "I've proved to myself that I can play against any player in the world and that's a pretty cool thing to think.
"It wasn't easy in Germany, for a lot of different reasons.
"It would be easier to say that it was because they didn't do something, but I came here this time with a different mindset. Maybe if I had done that before then it may have turned out differently."