Sat. Dec 3rd, 2022

A cheer from U.S. fans raises some eyebrows as the U.S. men’s national team competes in their first World Cup since Brazil in 2014.

As Stars and Stripes faced Wales on Monday evening, fans shouted, “It’s football! It’s football!” A riff on the US insistence on using its own name for the game almost everyone calls football.

A clip There are nearly 700,000 views of former NFL player Chad Ochocinco Johnson leading the cheers posted on Fox Soccer’s TikTok account, but some football/soccer fans weren’t feeling it.

“The United States should be banned from playing in the World Cup,” said one commenter below the video.

“Ask them the meaning of FIFA,” another said, referring to the deliberate football governing body, the Federation Internationale de Football Association.

While their cheers didn’t do them any favors, US fans have cheered at the World Cup so far.

In their Group B opening game against Wales at the Ahmed Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, the junior USA team took an early lead with a goal from Timothy Weah, but veteran forward Gareth Bale later equalized with a penalty for the Dragons.

US fans aren’t the only ones playing the big ‘soccer’ versus ‘soccer’ debate.

In an ad campaign for FritoLay featuring great football stars like Mia Hamm, David Beckham and Brandi Chastain, as well as other athletes like former NFL player Peyton Manning, athletes debate the real name of the beautiful game.