Tuesday, March 16, 2010

USA! USA! Chanted by Brits in the UK

I report on the following since it was likely under the radar of most sports fans in the U.S.

A little over a week ago in the Barclay's Premier League match between Everton and Hull City, Landon Donovan came off the bench in the second half, scored one goal and set up another one. He has been on loan for the past 10 weeks and is now leaving Everton to return to the LA Galaxy. After his performance again Hull City, Everton fans began chanting "USA! USA!..." to show their thanks to Donovan.

Now, many of you know that I am not one that likes the "USA!" chants that spring up at the Olympics or other international competitions since they usually strike me as a manifestation of blind nationalism. But this chant was a sign of respect for an American player in the place that invented soccer.

For once the "USA! USA!" chant was classy.


dastew said...

The sad part is that he goes from playing well in the best league in the world to being the best player in one of the more mediocre leagues in the world. The best outcome of the current MLS labor dispute for Donovan would be a strike so he can go back to England and finish the Premier League season.

Corry Cropper said...

You're probably right. But living near Salt Lake (home of MLS champs Real Salt Lake) with two sons who like soccer, I am thinking locally on this one and hope MLS can get their season started on time.

Robert J. Hudson said...
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Robert J. Hudson said...

I'm with Corry and think the MLS is a very good thing for American--and WORLD--soccer. In international friendlies against top-flight Spanish, Italian, and Mexican league teams (which are nothing to scoff at--AC Milan, Real Madrid), the Galaxy, RSL, Dynamo and Chicago Fire are more thanholding their own. In the Concacaf Champions League, Columbus looked tough, taking Mexican Primera Division regular season champion Toluca to the brink in the quarters. While not England (which is tops in the world), the MLS (with its fair share of international star-power) is giving American soccer world-wide validity. Judging from Corry's hope-inspiring "USA" anecdote, it seems that perhaps England recognizes a bit of the same.

May the players and the fragile league settle their differences soon!

Corry Cropper said...

So I thought this was a unique moment... but a couple weeks back while in the UK I went to a premier league match in Wolverhampton. Their keeper, an American, made a great stop in the opening minutes and a spontaneous "USA! USA!" chant started up.

I suspect nothing similar happens when a French player makes a goal... Do they yell "Vive la France"? Or "Frogs! Frogs! Frogs!"?

If a British player plays well on a French squad, do they shout "Les rosbifs! Les rosbifs!"?