American soccer fans who refer to teams and nations using the collective plural (Manchester United *are* winning…) instead of the collective singular (Manchester United *is* winning…) are almost always extremely douchey. No doubt they’re doing this as a sort of British affectation because, in Britain, the general practice is to refer to teams and nations as plural. We don’t do that in America, and frankly our way of doing it makes more sense. After all, to say “Italy are winning” is to suggest that there is more than one Italy.
Deadspin is very much on the EuroDouche side of the great ‘Murican v. EuroDouche United States soccer schism. The soccer entries in the site seem like they’re written by that annoying dude you met in college who spent a semester in Spain and is fond of proclaiming how Americans just don’t get soccer and will never win. MLS is shitty, The USMNT are a bunch of scrubs, etc., etc.
That Deadspin is in full EuroDouche mode is evidenced by the fact that the site only ever uses the collective plural when talking about soccer. To wit:
Correction: “Cameroon *isn’t a* contender yet, but it’s on its way.”