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Donovan says allegiance is to US soccer, defends supporting Mexico

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 6/17/2018 Steve DelVecchio, Larry Brown Sports

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Landon Donovan has come under fire over the past few days for his decision to support Mexico in the World Cup as part of a promotion for Wells Fargo, and the former U.S. soccer star felt the need to defend himself on Sunday afternoon.

After the Twitter masses labeled him a “traitor” and worse, Donovan released a statement saying his loyalty to U.S. soccer should never be questioned. He also explained why he has chosen to get behind Mexico after the US failed to qualify.

Donovan was even called out by one of his former teammates, but he fired back by bringing politics into the mix.

It’s no secret that Donovan was angry after he was left off the U.S. World Cup roster in 2014, so some have speculated that supporting Mexico could be his way of trying to stick it to his home country. The fact that he is letting the Mexican flag fly as part of a paid campaign is the part that rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.

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