New York Red Bulls Willing To Pay Fans To Stop Chanting ‘You Suck A**hole’ At Games

Chris Wright

10th, July 2013


By Chris Wright

MLS United Red Bulls Soccer

New York Red Bulls have said that they are willing to pay their fans if it will stop them chanting obscenities at their players.

For reasons far beyond our capacity to comprehend, it’s apparently become a bit of a tradition for the Red Bulls fans to chant “you suck a**hole” at the players before each and every goalkick, a chant which has apparently spread to a few other MLS stadiums over the past season.

Understandably, the MLS themselves are keen to eradicate the “YSA” chant (as it has become known) as they are worried that such remorseless profanity may offend families in attendance as well as their all-important and overly conservative TV networks and sponsors.

In searching for a solution to nix the “YSA” chant, New York Red Bulls have come up with a genius scheme to stop their fans from bellowing it in unison before goalkicks – they plan to bribe them.

This from Sports Illustrated:

“[Red Bulls have] notified its three fan groups — the Empire Supporters Club, the Garden State Ultras and the Viking Army — that $500 will be contributed to each for every home game during which “YSA” isn’t heard in Red Bull Arena’s South Ward.

“The money will be doled out in $2,000 increments, meaning the stadium will have to be YSA free for four games before the supporters are rewarded.”

The supporters groups will then be free to use the donations for anything they see fit, “from buying batteries for the megaphone to offsetting costs for bus trips,” as the Empire Supporters Club informed their members via a message on their website.

Can you imagine clubs trying to implement this kind of thing on your average English terrace?

*Bing bong* “We politely ask fans to refrain from using coarse language to describe today’s match officials and hereby suggest that positive encouragement may be more welcome. If you have any complaints about today’s refereeing standards, please fill out a form and post it in the suggestion boxes provided. Thank you” *Bing bong*

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  1. Cosa says:

    Why are they chanting that at their own players? It’s an extremely weak chant as well. It’s nothing to brag about, but if you started chanting this YSA nonsense at a British ground you’d be underfire personally fairly quickly.

    • JackJack says:

      They chant it at the opposing goalie as he takes a goal kick. As lame as it sounds described in this article, its even worse in person. The guys leading the chants with the megaphones don’t lead the YSA chant, but somehow just about everyone in the supporters sections does it.

  2. SteveK says:


    English fans aren’t much better, although it’s normally only to the away keeper.

  3. Jason says:

    It’s chanted at the opposing keeper when he takes a goal kick.

    It is weak. It’s old. It’s been around almost as long as the league itself. And frankly, it’s not just the supporters groups that do it, they’re just have the highest profile.

  4. Swampdragon says:

    The Mexican fans do it too. Except they don’t say Ahole, they say bendejo (sp?). A lof of folks were upset at last year’s Gold Cup final in Pasadena as the largely pro Mexico crowd chanted it at Tim Howard. Not sure if started there and migrated to MLS or the other way around.

    • Fnarf says:

      Mexicans say “puto”, not “pendejo”. Pendejo (pen-DAY-ho) means “pubic hair” and is a standard all-purpose insult-slash-term-of-affection; puto means “man-whore”, or “f-ggot”, and is not affectionate at all. Much, much worse, actually. Very loud and clear it is, that big explosive POO-toe at the moment foot strikes ball.

      Neither puto nor YSA is ever directed at your own keeper, that’s absurd.

  5. Anonymous says:

    They say Puto! not pendejo. Puto is bitch. Pendejo is dumbass.

  6. TravisKOP says:

    @Swampdragon im pretty sure puto is what they say at goal kicks

  7. Large Pork Medallion says:

    Leeds fans have, oooooooh YOU SHIT BASTARD ahhhhh!

  8. drags says:

    “Garden State Ultras”… haha give me a break

  9. Mr X says:

    Pathetic. Trying to bribe supporters not to exercise the right to chant whatever they want to. And that YSA isn’t even offensive. If they think that’s so bad that people can’t chant what they want, I would suggest that the Red Bull management come to England and learn something about free speech at football.

  10. jt says:

    the money isnt given to the supporters, its given to a local charity. the south ward is a section of newark, not a stand at the stadium.

  11. Maurizio says:

    Portland Timbers sing “we are green, we are white, We Are Fucking Dyno-mite!”

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