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Nomad Nacional in Walker's Point was the place to be for Mexico-Germany on Sunday. (PHOTO: kbctourcompany Twitter)

Cheer for Mexico at Nomad Nacional, like dumb Landon Donovan would want you to

As U.S. legend Landon Donovan is finding out, not everyone's rooting for America's biggest soccer rival just because the Yanks didn't qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Donovan has taken a lot of heat for his "Vamos Mexico" Wells Fargo ads, with some fans and former teammates incredulous that he would cheer for El Tri and many viewing it as a disingenuous cash grab.

Wells Fargo isn't the only company courting free-agent U.S. fans (best advertiser pitch so far, from Volkswagen: "Iceland could really use your support; we don't have enough people to do the wave"), and Donovan certainly isn't the only American conflicted about rooting-interest infidelity.

The U.S.'s all-time leading scorer, who spent this spring at Liga MX club Leon, responded to his critics over the weekend, gurgling some stuff about growing up in Southern California, having Mexican teammates and believing in "building bridges, not barriers," etc. Anyway, Donovan came off bad, but the whole debate was overwrought and stupid.

If you want to root for Mexico because the U.S. isn't there, great. If you feel like the divisive political climate and current immigration issues make it all the more vital to support Mexicans, cool. If you're like, hey, this is a sports rivalry and I'm not going to cheer for my sports archrival, especially not when my team's former hero tells me to for a bag of money, that's fine, too.

Personally, I'm pulling for Mexico, but it's summer and it's hot out, so grab a beer and simply revel in this beautiful game.

The World Cup is a very fun sporting event. If we're contriving to dig deeper, we could claim it promotes multiculturalism and global unity and whatever else FIFA puts on marketing materials in the hopes of convincing us the grandeur of the 2022 tournament – in tiny Qatar, in the summer, for no good reason – was worth the bribery, corruption and inhumane working conditions that created it. Point being, exercise caution making this thing out to be bigger than it is.

Mostly, the World Cup is about soccer and celebration, and being a fan is about passion and identity. And nowhere was that more on display than at Nomad Nacional during Mexico's 1-0 win over Germany on Sunday:

Buena fiesta!

Now, did I use that video as an excuse to write about the Landon Donovan hullabaloo being silly and overblown? Maybe. We're all dealing with a USMNT-less World Cup in our way ways. But is Nomad Nacional a great place to watch Mexico play its World Cup games (Saturday at 10 a.m. against South Korea; June 27 at 9 a.m. against Sweden)? Definitely.

Here are some other cool places to watch soccer, too.

Go enjoy the games and try not to get mad at each other on Twitter.


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