Don’t Tread Challenge #3: Don’t Tread On U.S.

The Don’t Tread Challenge is TSG’s search for for the most insanely awesome video that gets fans fired up about USMNT heading into the World Cup. Voting will take place the end of March. For all entries, please click here.


With the Yanks back on the pitch tomorrow it seemed like a good time to cue up another entry into the Don’t Tread Challenge to get folks fired up.

Entry #3 was submitted by Luis who comes with some vintage footage and a great Dempsey goal celebration among many other highlights.

15 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by patrickhattrick on 2010/03/02 at 6:29 AM

    You know, looking at the players in this video, with all of the excellent players, each who fits so well in with the other, and looking at England, with their injury problems, their issues at left back, and their overconfidence, I’m actually pretty pumped for this summer.
    PS- How come no one’s saying how there are only 100 days until the World Cup? Matthew, you could write a column with 100 things to watch for, or something.
    100 DAYS!


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/02 at 10:37 AM

      Re. England’s “overconfidence” – if you need to keep telling yourself this to pump yourself up for the WC, then so be it. But IMO, it’s the WC, and players and fans shouldn’t need any extra motivation. Rest assured, nobody in the England camp will be taking anything or any team for granted.

      Cole’s injury is a problem but we have players who can come in and do a job. Tomorrow’s game will give everybody a clue for the keeper and left back.


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/02 at 11:03 AM

        Having watched Leighton Baines develop at Everton, he will be able to step in just fine.

        The bigger challenge in my opinion for England on the defense is the rest of that line.

        Ledley King would be a huge plus…but what happens if he secures a starting spot and then goes down 15 minutes in to the US game?

        I’ve been saying for awhile that John Terry’s game is deteriorating and nothing has changed by mind there. By deteriorating, I more mean his consistency. He’s still capable of a header for a score here and a 1:1 shutdown there, but he’s *more capable of missing that header and missing that tackle these days…in my non-patriotic opinion.

        Also anyone who is talking themselves into Rio Ferdinand being just fine right now is deluding themselves. His lateral movement was horrendous before this latest setback…it takes awhile to recover that.

        At right back, I’m a Glen J fan, but he’s still apt to paint outside Capello’s line at least twice through the tournament. After Glen, who is back there?

        My bigger concerns for George’s England is their focus. They may not take the American’s lightly, but you know with 100 days left that they are not solely focused on the objective.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/02 at 11:49 AM

          Fair points Matthew.

          The issue with King is not that he breaks down during games, it’s the recovery time he requires inbetween games, so I am not sure that he’s ideal for tournament football. When he’s fit, he’s a monster – arguably the English CB. Remember, back in 2002, Spurs let Campbell leave as they knew that they had King, which is a statement in itself. Then there’s Woodgate – it makes me cry that we have two *potentially* world class centre backs who are never 100% fit. We need Ferdinand at his 2008 levels, but that will not happen. As for Terry, well, he’s never had pace and has always relied on his reading and positioning. But over the last 3 months, individual and more importantly, avoidable errors have crept into his game (Everton’s 2 goals is an example of one game). Three months is a long time in football, so hopefully it’s just a dip in form…

          As for the right back spot, we all know that Johnson can go walkabout, but it will be drummed into him when to go and when not to go. And also, the DMs need to cover when the fullbacks bomb forward. England are short in this position. I can only think of Wes Brown, and too be honest, he doesn’t fill me with a lot of confidence. He’s a good player in the Prem, but not sure if he’s got that va va voom for international football. James Milner is an option too.

          But I agree with your sentiment that England’s back line isn’t looking too clever right now.

          NB: 12th May is the date when all teams are due to name their final squad for South Africa. I thought I read somewhere that it was the day before the first game.


      • Posted by patrickhattrick on 2010/03/02 at 5:05 PM

        I wish there was a proper abbreviation for the World Cup. “WC” might not come across right.


        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/02 at 5:09 PM

          On that note Patrick, I get to mention something that’s been bothering me for A LONG TIME.

          Everyone is using the phrase “Rumble in the Jungle” to refer to a big match (US-England for example).

          South Africa has VERY LITTLE jungle and none where stadiums are.

          Rumble in the Jungle….doesn’t work.

          Sorry, I know it is off topic.


  2. Posted by Swa on 2010/03/02 at 10:24 AM

    ESPN soccernet actually started something yesterday for 101 days until the world cup with those player ratings. Personally I think Matt and Mark should piggyback on some of the more controversial of those features every few days so that we the TSG community can discuss them.

    Like with these player ratings, its nice to see Lando get on the list, but it’s clearly just pandering. Tim Howard is our best player and definitely should have been included in the top 50 at the WC somewhere, but it’s so hard to fit keepers in with field players for ranking purposes and even between defenders midfielders and attackers who do so many different things. They should have gone with something like: 10 best keepers, 10 best ballwinners, 10 best scorers, 10 best passers, 10 possession guys, 10 fastest, 10 best long range shot/set piece guys…

    50 “Best” players in the world is just too unwieldy and difficult to legitimately determine.


  3. Did he really use Bush (a Brittish band) for the song?


  4. Posted by bw on 2010/03/02 at 1:02 PM

    one thing the second two videos lack, that the first one has, is a swing/change in emotion. the second two expect to maintain a level excitement throughout, but by the end I’m already tired and therefore not excited. the first one is also better at the story telling aspect, although the text aspects could be enhanced. for instance, briefly saying ‘shock the world’ just sounds juvenile and detracts from the overall professionalism.


  5. anything with the stanky leg i approve of, although i enjoy the first two videos more then this one,


  6. Posted by MJ on 2010/03/03 at 6:50 PM

    THIS IS MY FAVORITE VIDEO OF THEM ALL…it has everything from 1950 to 1994 to 2009 classic video love the ending the other 2 were alright i prefered United States OF Golaso over the Speech


  7. Posted by Robby on 2010/03/04 at 1:31 PM

    The back round music in these has been poor, put “Tweezer Reprise” to this video and it would be 5 times better.


    • Posted by Johnny on 2010/03/05 at 2:46 PM

      the background music was cool and the video was awesome come on it had the past (beginning) to the present i especially liked the ending where u made it black and white and how donovan was carried at the end just like the us player from 1950 was carried for scoring against england


  8. Uh, wtf happened to the vids Matt?


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