USA vs. Portugal: The day Americans finally discovered soccer

Now we can suffer disappointment like the rest of the world.

 

Ned Donovan

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Published Jun 23, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 2:18 am CDT

Something beautiful happened online last night: America started to care about a soccer. Putting aside their obsession with ‘handegg’ and Donald Sterling-ball, the U.S. community on Twitter all rooted for Team USA as they valiantly fought against Portugal.

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While the end result was a draw, the U.S. fans clearly won out. With costumes including a fan dressing up as former President Teddy Roosevelt.

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Others to simply went mad with joy at a goal.

While the fans at the stadium went literally wild, Twitter was also abuzz with America’s new-found interest in the beautiful game and tried to understand it.

Gotta’ convert in the red zone. #FootballFutbol. #USAvsPor

— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) June 22, 2014

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This is gonna be good …… #FIFA

— Rihanna (@rihanna) June 22, 2014

When the going got tough, and Portugal equalised in the very last few seconds of injury time, however, the mood turned ugly.

#USAvsPOR ends 2-2 and an entire nation is left confused as to how a sport can end in a tie.

— Neal Mann (@fieldproducer) June 22, 2014

Brb crying. #USAvsPOR

— Complex (@ComplexMag) June 22, 2014

Some were just confused.

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Damn you Ronaldo and your perfect face, hair and body

— Erik Negley (@enegs_5) June 23, 2014

But at least Buzzfeed was on side to console the upset American fans.

Now leading http://t.co/00L7Ahb7S3 “Portugal Beats U.S. 2-2” pic.twitter.com/mxjI5SeBKa

— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) June 23, 2014

Screenshot via ESPN

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*First Published: Jun 23, 2014, 9:06 am CDT