Beckham made the switch from European football with Real Madrid to join the Galaxy in 2007, creating a bit of a circus in the process, and Donovan feels that at times it was too much.
But he does admit that Beckham's move to MLS has greatly benefited the game in the USA and Canada.
"Initially it was a little appalling, a little interesting at times but it's been a massive, massive benefit to our team and our league and soccer in our country."
As for Beckham's uncertain future, Donovan admits he would love to see him remain with the Galaxy after serving the club so well for the past half-decade.
"He's a special player and he's a special person to have as part of the organization and we'll certainly be sad if he's not around," he added.
"It's been a really good five years to this point."