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Landon Donovan catches flak for supporting Mexico in World Cup

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Cary Erickson | 18 June, 2018, 10:35

Donovan, who is the joint all-time leading scorer with Clint Dempsey on the US national team, has come under fire in recent days for his involvement in a Wells Fargo ad campaign in which he encourages fans to support Mexico at the World Cup with the Americans having missed out on the tournament in Russian Federation.

'The big tournament is just about to kick off, but not everyone's team is going. "So join me and their proud #sponsor @WellsFargo to cheer on our other team, Mexico", Donovan writes in the Twitter message. And that's ok, ' Donovan says at the opening of the ad.

Among those taking part is USMNT legend Landon Donovan in a promotion for Wells Fargo, but not everyone feels his request is appropriate.

Carlos Bocanegra, a retired soccer player who was teammates with Donovan on the U.S. national team, was one of the most prominent people to call Donovan out.

'Really?' wrote former United States soccer star Carlos Manuel Bocanegra in reaction to the advertisement.

Former U.S. forward and current ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman didn't directly reply to Donovan's posts, but he nevertheless revealed strong feelings about rooting for Mexico.

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The team's disqualification was a shocking let down for most soccer fans in the U.S., and marked the first time the club failed to earn a spot in the Federation Internationale de Football Association tournament since 1986.

"You grew up in SoCal and owe much of your soccer skill to playing with Mexicans", Donovan said to Bocanegra. Look around our country, are you happy with how we are treating Mexicans?

"We wish you all the success in future projects that come ahead and we leave the doors of the Club Leon always open for you".

'This is an incredibly awful take. 'You can hate El Tri- this doesn't mean you have anything against Mexicans'. "Mexico is not 'my team'".

The reason why is because the man with the second-most appearances in the history of the USMNT and the joint-leader for goals inexplicably made a decision to support U.S.A's sport rival during the World Cup.