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Landon Donovan Put On Blast By Former USMNT Players For Supporting Mexico

In the eyes of many, USMNT legend Landon Donovan is now a massive sell-out. The man with the second-most appearances in the history of the USMNT and the joint-leader for goals has decided to support El Tri at the World Cup (in partnership with Wells Fargo) despite his role in turning the Mexico-United States soccer rivalry into one of the biggest in the world.

Having been born in Southern California, Donovan has made no secret of his admiration for hispanic soccer — he’s fluent in Spanish and currently plays his club ball for Leon in Liga MX. His decision to join Leon was coupled with a political statement aimed at Donald Trump, complete with the statement: “I don’t believe in walls, I want to go to Mexico, dress in green and win tournaments in Leon.”

However, Donovan’s decision to support El Tri in Russia has drawn the ire of former USMNT teammates, including a wonderful rebuttal from Herculez Gomez (who was also born in Southern California, is fluent in Spanish and played for Cruz Azul, Puebla, Pachuca, Estudiantes Tecos, Santos Laguna, Tijuana and Tigres).

The fallout was started by former USMNT captain Carlos Bocanegra, a defender who was capped 110 times by the U.S. and who featured alongside Donovan at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Donovan was quick to reply to his former teammate.

But here comes Herc with an absolute closer. That’s the end of that. 

Here are some other takes from other former/present USMNT players (and my favorite player in the world, MNUFC defender Brent Kallman).

On the pitch, the rivalry will continue a couple months after the World Cup with the U.S. set to host Mexico in a friendly on September 11 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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