Awful National Anthem during USA-Scotland soccer match -

Awful National Anthem during USA-Scotland soccer match

The 44,000 or so fans that showed up to Jacksonville, Florida to watch the United States soccer team take on Scotland were treated to a Landon Donovan hat-trick, a 5-1 win for the U.S., and one of the more memorable National Anthem’s.

Although there were many futbal related highlights, the moment that stole the show this night was when Jacksonville native, Victoria Zarlenga, sang the National Anthem.

You got to give it to the USMNT for keeping straight faces throughout the song. After all, this renditin could be included in with Carl Lewis and Roseanne‘s as one of the worst National Anthem’s ever.

Check out Victoria’s comment below and her link to another rendition of the Anthem.



  1. Victoria
    May 27, 2012 - 

    I totally hear you, this was not a good performance and I take full responsibility for it! I did not realize I would need ear buds as monitors to block out the stadium sounds. Therefore, I had to borrow a pair from the sound crew that were too large for my ears and were popping out. Watching this video you can see that I was trying to hold the left ear bud in with my hand. That said, I was unable to hear myself and was only hearing the delay of my voice in the stadium. To add to the challenge, the crowd was singing in sync with my few seconds delay. It was like I was singing the song twice word after word after word. I heard from a few fans that said the view on the Jumbotron was not in sync with what they were hearing. Apparently the TV recording and stadium sound were two separate systems – you had to be present at the stadium to see and hear the delay. I was disoriented with all these variables!

    I would like to share with you a previous rendition and live performance of the National Anthem from about six months ago without the technical challenges, visit this link


    • Katie Page
      May 27, 2012 - 

      and victoria, just read your reply.

      i’m sorry I was so cruel in my other–don’t have an excuse for it, I just apologize. Singing in public is never as simple or comfortable as people imagine.

      Like i said, I was pretty much a douche bag, and I’m sorry about that.

    • June 5, 2012 - 

      “A” for effort on what is a very tough song. It shouldn’t even be our national anthem, a ridiculous song. You showed real balls getting out there like that. I would say anyone who criticizes you is envious of your talent, success and determination. I’m serious. You didn’t even have a band with you. Most people are just horrible. Keep singing.

  2. Katie Page
    May 27, 2012 - 

    Well put. this national anthem made my EARS BLEED. And just when she was really losing it, and MUST have known she was failing horribly, she GOT LOUDER. Who the fuck does that. Seriously.

    Horrible. Please do not ever sing in public again.

  3. Wayne
    May 27, 2012 - 

    Victoria – this has been happening an awful lot with national anthem across the country. Even here in Philly at PPL park, the fans were singing a word ahead of the talent because the stadium sound system did no have the propped delay to remain synced up with feed the singer had in her IE Monitors. It’s not a difficult thing for a sound engineer to do – but for some reason they are failing at it and the singers are getting the blame. Thank you for singing the anthem and for having the outrage to be honest and address the issues of the performance publicly. That takes character. Well done. And you looked stunning as well. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and don’t let it get you down.

  4. Sebastien
    May 27, 2012 - 

    The anthem was a disgrace. No excuse can make up for that. A real singer would be able to overcome any technical difficulties without shrieking and being off pitch the entire song. ESPECIALLY on Memorial Day weekend.

  5. Sam
    May 27, 2012 - 

    I was not at the stadium and did not hear the live performance. All I heard was a compressed internet video. This performance was not bad at all to a lot of people. Not everyone went to college to get a degree in Music. Some critics who do not have the decency to be positive on Memorial Day are going to be derogatory towards a very talented singer. What impressed me was that Victoria Zarlenga gave her all on the stage. She was not scared to sing out. She sounded very good for the most part, carried her notes well with poise and grace. Her demeanor was All-American as she honored our troops on a National Holiday weekend. This stadium performance was just a prelude to bigger and better things for this immensely talented performer. For most famous people ‘Bad Press is Good Press’ so the bottom line is people are talking about her aren’t they, now they know who she is. Now they can take some time to do some research on her music and find out how good she really does sound. Not every live performance goes over well with fans even with hundreds of thousands of dollars in live music venue equipment, and to let one performance get you down is nonsense. This performance shows how All-American she really is, she gave her all on a live stage to honor her Beloved Country, kind of like our Troop’s do every day.

  6. jake nash
    May 27, 2012 - 

    Victoria, you wouldn’t have been asked to sing if you didn’t have talent. 99% of us couldn’t carry a tune if we had a bucket… especially in front of 45000 people. Thank you for kicking off our night at the stadium!

  7. Randy
    May 29, 2012 - 

    A little pitchy, dawg.

  8. black0katz
    September 20, 2012 - 

    You should hear my sister sing the National Anthem for the U.S.A.! National Anthem – Liz Peak – Big Nasty Hill Climb 2012

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