Futball matches are enriched by the chanting of fans. Unfortunately, virtually every chant is unintelligible to me when I'm watching the match on TV. One chant, though, is instantly recognizable. It's "U-S-A, U-S-A," and it is my favorite.
I love to hear it blasting out of the stands for Team USA. But I love it even more when it blasts out of the stands of an English stadium. Sometimes it's heard to celebrate the heroics of somebody like Clint Dempsey, Stu Holden or Tim Howard. But my absolute favorite time -- a guaranteed grin-producer -- is when it's directed at West Ham keeper Robert Green.
He opened England's 2010 World Cup finals play in the net against Team USA. His unpardonable flub of Dempsey's somewhat soft, mid-range shot gave USA a 1-1 tie that was at least a major factor of England's early crash from the tournament and USA's advance to the knockout rounds.
England fans rooting against West Ham won't let Green forget his howler. I've heard "U-S-A" chanted at him in every away Hammer match I've seen since his goof. I've also heard it in West Ham's Upton Park, but the match announcers haven't said whether it was coming from the home fans, the visiting fans, or both.
This is my favorite chant. Do you have one?