Football chants have several purposes, the first of which is to pump up your own supporters and your team and create a cloud of confidence that will lead to a win – nearly all our songs and chants fall in this category. But there are other chants with different goals – one of which is to intimidate your enemies and their supporters, another is to win over neutrals listening– and here, well for the Yanks, we have zilch. When I think of one team that sends chills down my spine it’s the London docklands team of Millwall. Casey Keller used to goalkeep for them. Their home ground, the Den, and their always ready for a ruck supporters are great source of dread for any visiting player or supporter. Their chants are legend – one, to the tune of Rod Stwart’s ‘(We are) Sailing’ goes like this: We are Millwall, super Millwall We are Millwall from the Den No one likes us, no one likes us No one likes us, WE DON’T CARE! You could easily change this to “We are the Yanks, from the States” but let’s see if we can come up with something original. In 2002 in Daegu Korea before the USA match with South Korea I heard this chant, led by US Supporter legend Metro Flip, a simple edgy refrain: SUPER POWER SUPER POWER U-S-A! SUPER POWER SUPER POWER U-S-A! Now we’re talking, Our team may not inspire fear, but getting on the wrong side of the Yanks in a geo-political sense certainly does. What I love about British football chants is their ability to make fun of rivals while bringing up history at the same time. When England plays Germany a long song ‘Ten German Bombers” always comes out with the final line “and the R.A.F. shot them down.” A simple taunt goes: TWO WORLD WARS AND ONE WORLD CUP DOO DAH DOO DAH! TWO WORLD WARS AND ONE WORLD CUP OH DE DOO DAH DAY! If we wanted to get a laugh when we play England on Turkey Day we could have some fun and sing this: TWO GULF WARS AND NO WORLD CUPS DOO DAH DOO DAH! TWO GULF WARS AND NO WORLD CUPS OH DE DOO DAH DAY! So something intimidating and edgy and in-your-face is what we need. Let me suggest this, which will be a tough sell to all of you because it’s NOT in English. But it would literally drive the supporters of any Spanish speaking team, especially Mexico and Mexicans, to scream and tear their hair out. ESTADOS UNIDOS, JAMAS SERA VENCIDO! ESTADOS UNIDOS, JAMAS SERA VENCIDO! UNITED STATES! WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED! UNITED STATES! WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED! The chant is a direct steal from a Leftist political chant from Chile in the 1970s: The People, United, will never be defeated! El Puelblo, Unido, jamas sera vencido! To pull off stealing that chant, appropriating it for the US and throwing it out there at a match or in the street would earn us some major props with our enemies. Alright, people, try and put together some new, simple, easy and in-your-face chants the USA and I hope to hear them echoing in the Qatari stadiums when I tune in on TV.