The 2018 World Cup is currently taking place in Russia. It’s a competition to see which country has the best football (soccer) team in the world. It takes place every four years. The host country automatically gets in, all the other countries have to play their way in. The United States did not get in. They did not play well enough in the qualifying matches to go to the World Cup.
Landon Donovan’s other team
Landon Donovan is arguably the greatest player in U.S. soccer history. In 157 appearances for the United States, he’s scored 57 goals. For many years, he was the face of U.S. soccer. That all changed this weekend with the following tweet:
Mexico is a country. It’s not a team.
Landon Donovan is 37-years-old. He is playing professional football in Mexico for Club León. I can only guess that’s why he agreed to appear in this promotional photo for Mexico, sponsored by Wells Fargo.
Did Mexico and Wells Fargo pay him well for this promotion? There’s no amount of money large enough that would get me to turn my back on my country and promote my country’s biggest rival in international soccer.
Landon Donovan is just weird
Landon Donovan has played for the United States against Mexico at Azteca in Mexico City where supporters threw cups of urine at him and his teammates while taking corner kicks. Who knows, maybe he’s into that. He’s heard Mexico supporters chant homophobic slurs at him and his teammates, both at Azteca and in the United States. He honestly expects me to turn my back on my country and join him cheering for Mexico? Thanks, but no thanks.
The United States isn’t in the World Cup. You know who I’m rooting for this year? The other 31 countries that are not Mexico.