Landon Donovan has dropped a few gems on his Twitter feed lately – his message to fellow World Cup roster casualty Leroy Sane was high art – and over the weekend he stirred the pot again as most of planet Earth eagerly counts down to the kickoff of the 2018 World Cup.
While many US and Canadian national team fans are nonplussed at the idea of supporting Concacaf colleagues and erstwhile adversaries Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama at Russia 2018, the MLS and USMNT legend says he's all in for regional unity:
I know this isn’t popular but I do find myself rooting for Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama during the World Cup this summer. In the big picture, CONCACAF teams doing well benefits all of us. RIP my comments 🤦🏻♂️— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) June 10, 2018
...which got us thinking: Just how many people will do the same thing?
Panama are the team that took the third automatic qualification slot that the USMNT were aiming for (unsuccessfully) last year, while Mexico are the United States' longstanding heated rivals and Costa Rica have mostly dominated the US in recent cycles. From Canada's perspective, they're all teams who took the Concacaf Hexagonal slots that Les Rouges have craved for years.
But a strong showing from Concacaf teams in Russia might help everyone in the region by boosting the confederation's profile and ranking within FIFA. So ... are you following LD's example?