The Reading / Listening - Russia World Cup - Level 5

An ex-U.S. soccer player is supporting rivals Mexico at the Russia World Cup. Landon Donovan, 35, played for the USA national team 157 times, scoring 57 goals. He is regarded as the best American player ever. However, his calls for Americans to back Mexico have landed him in hot water. Some ex-teammates have criticized him for getting paid by the company Wells Fargo to wear a Mexico soccer jersey. He tweeted a photograph of himself that read: "My other team is Mexico....So join me...to cheer on our other team - Mexico."



Donovan explained why he is cheering for Mexico. He grew up in California and speaks fluent Spanish. He said: "My heart bleeds red, white and blue....No one should question my allegiance to and support of U.S. Soccer." He said he was inspired by the passion of playing with Mexican teammates as a child. He added: "I always have had a strong connection and respect for our neighbor." One current U.S. player said: "I don't understand why he is doing this. Actually, I do - money." A Mexican fan said: "There are two guys that Mexico fans love to hate. Donald Trump and Landon Donovan."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Russia World Cup - Level 4 or  Russia World Cup - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2018/06/18/landon-donovan-mexico-world-cup/710759002/
  • http://tv5.espn.com/football/united-states/story/3531891/landon-donovan-clarifies-supporting-mexico-in-world-cup-ad-campaign
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44528016


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. scoring
  2. regarded as the best American
  3. landed him
  4. ex-teammates have criticized
  5. getting
  6. He tweeted a photograph
  7. My other team
  8. cheer on
  1. is Mexico
  2. 57 goals
  3. him
  4. our other team
  5. of himself
  6. in hot water
  7. paid
  8. player ever

Paragraph 2

  1. My heart bleeds
  2. No one should question my
  3. inspired
  4. playing with Mexican
  5. a strong
  6. One current
  7. I don't understand
  8. guys that Mexico fans love
  1. why
  2. teammates
  3. to hate
  4. by the passion
  5. U.S. player
  6. allegiance
  7. connection
  8. red, white and blue

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An ex-U.S. soccer player is supporting rivals Mexico at the Russia World Cup. Landon Donovan, 35, (1) ___________________ USA national team 157 times, scoring 57 goals. He (2) ___________________ the best American player ever. However, his calls for Americans to back Mexico have landed him (3) ___________________. Some ex-teammates have criticized him for (4) ___________________ the company Wells Fargo to wear a Mexico soccer jersey. He tweeted a photograph (5) ___________________ read: "My other team is Mexico....So join me...to (6) ___________________ other team - Mexico."

Donovan explained why he (7) ___________________ Mexico. He grew up in California and speaks fluent Spanish. He said: "My (8) ___________________, white and blue....No one should question my allegiance to and support of U.S. Soccer." He said he (9) ___________________ the passion of playing with Mexican teammates as a child. He added: "I always have had a strong connection (10) ___________________ our neighbor." One current U.S. player said: "I don't understand why he (11) ___________________. Actually, I do - money." A Mexican fan said: "There are two guys that Mexico fans (12) ___________________. Donald Trump and Landon Donovan."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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Cup.LandonDonovan,35,playedfortheUSAnationalteam157times,s
coring57goals.HeisregardedasthebestAmericanplayerever.Howeve
r,hiscallsforAmericanstobackMexicohavelandedhiminhotwater.So
meex-teammateshavecriticizedhimforgettingpaidbythecompan
yWellsFargotowearaMexicosoccerjersey.Hetweetedaphotographof
himselfthatread:"MyotherteamisMexico....Sojoinme...tocheeronou
rotherteam-Mexico."DonovanexplainedwhyheischeeringforMexic
o.HegrewupinCaliforniaandspeaksfluentSpanish.Hesaid:"Myheartb
leedsred,whiteandblue....Nooneshouldquestionmyallegiancetoand
supportofU.S.Soccer."Hesaidhewasinspiredbythepassionofplaying
withMexicanteammatesasachild.Headded:"Ialwayshavehadastron
gconnectionandrespectforourneighbor."OnecurrentU.S.playersaid:
"Idon'tunderstandwhyheisdoingthis.Actually,Ido-money."AMexi
canfansaid:"TherearetwoguysthatMexicofanslovetohate.DonaldTru
mpandLandonDonovan."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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Answers

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