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US soccer player gets fierce backlash for making an ad cheering on main rival, team Mexico

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An American soccer star has become the target of backlash after appearing in an ad inviting U.S. soccer fans to cheer on Mexico in the World Cup.

The star of the U.S. men’s national team, Landon Donovan, appeared in a Wells Fargo ad holding a scarf that reads, “My Other Team is Mexico.”

“Our team may not be in Russia, but our neighbors to the south are,” read the tweet featuring the photo of the 36-year-old native Californian who played for Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.

The U.S. men’s team did not qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, currently taking place in Russia, and American fans have been left wondering whether they should root for another team or wait until the U.S. qualifies for the next World Cup tournament.

But Donovan’s Wells Fargo ad appeared to not be a welcome option for many fans who tweeted their responses.

(Image: Landon Donovan screenshot)

Former U.S. player Taylor Twellman, now working for ESPN, had an extreme reaction against cheering on the Mexican team.

Former American soccer star Cobi Jones announced that “Mexico is not ‘my team.’” It is understandable that the Michigan native would feel this way as he was injured by a head butt from Mexico’s Rafa Marquez in 2002.

Donovan’s appearance in the ad sparked criticism but the soccer star’s self-defense seemed to fuel the flames.

Former USMNT player and son of Mexican immigrants, Herculez Gomez, slammed Donovan for lecturing his teammates.

Others blasted Donovan for the ad and his apparent allegiance to the Mexican team.

Donovan posted a follow-up tweet on Sunday, attempting to cool some of the heat.

“(M)y heart bleeds red, white and blue and no one should ever question my allegiance to and support of US Soccer and all of its national teams,” he wrote.

But it may have been too little, too late.

Frieda Powers


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