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Rumor Central: Owner of Liga MX club Veracruz calls Landon Donovan "an option"

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Depending on what your sense of humor is like on Monday afternoon, you may enjoy the latest report to emerge from Mexico.

Apparently the owner of Mexican club Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz believes that Landon Donovan is "an option" to help the club in their return to the Liga MX next season.

"It's an option, we can't discount it," Veracruz honcho Fidel Kuri said, according to a report Monday night on ESPN.com. "We have here a list of players and we will begin to negotiate."

Mexican clubs are gathering later this week in Cancún for the annual player draft, in which teams can acquire players transfer-listed by other clubs — as Jonathan Bornstein was by Tigres UANL, for instance.

How on earth Veracruz figure they have a line on the five-time MLS Cup winner and three-time World Cup veteran is a mystery. But so is the bizarre turn of events that has recently unfolded South of the Border.

Veracruz are actually La Piedad — the club that won promotion to the Liga MX after winning the Ascenso MX playoff just weeks ago. Kind of.

A recent rule change in the Liga MX that outlaws multiple ownership of more than one club has seen multiple clubs sold, relocated, rebranded and assimilated by other clubs. The fall-out opened the window for La Piedad to move to Veracruz, where they were rebranded as Tiburones Rojos — a club for whom Carlos Ruiz and Cuauhtémoc Blanco once suited up before it was forced to dissolve back in 2011 due to defaulting on payments to players and staff.

If you can follow all that, then maybe you know more about why Donovan would suddenly consider such a move. True, the LA Galaxy star mulled an offer from Liga MX giants Club América several years ago — but this kind of news is totally baffling.