Gap Fill - Russia World Cup - Level 6


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A U.S. soccer player has justified his of rivals Mexico at the Russia World Cup. Landon Donovan, 35, played for the USA team 157 times, scoring 57 goals. He is regarded as the best American player ever. However, his for fellow Americans to back rivals Mexico at the World Cup have landed him in water. Many of his ex-teammates have further criticized him for accepting from the company Wells Fargo in exchange for wearing a Mexico soccer jersey. He tweeted a photograph of with a scarf that read: "My other team is Mexico. The tournament is here. USA fans, our team may not be in Russia, but our to the south are. So join cheer on our other - Mexico."

Donovan explained why he wanted to cheer for Mexico. He grew up in California and speaks Spanish. He said: "My heart bleeds red, white and blue and no one should ever question my to and support of U.S. Soccer and its national teams. That being said, having grown up of Los Angeles playing with Mexican teammates whose ...inspired me at a very young ....I always have had a strong and respect for our neighbor." Current U.S. player Claudia Soto said: "I don't understand he is doing this. Actually, I do - ." A Mexican fan said: "There are two that Mexico fans love to hate. Donald Trump and Landon Donovan."

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