"I believe that we will win!"
The energized chant fizzled across the United States as American soccer fans watched the national team's 2-1 lead vanish in the final minute Sunday against Portugal.
Silvestre Varela's late goal off the cross by Cristiano Ronaldo tied the World Cup match at 2-2. The 94' goal ruined the Americans' chance to clinch a spot in the elimination round with a win over Portugal.
This video captures the range of Americans’ emotions, from jubilance to dejection, as Portugal stunned the U.S. with just seconds left on the clock. (Audio advisory: There is some NSFW language in this video so set your speakers appropriately.)
Though the end of the game may have felt like a loss to fans, team USA can take away many positives from the draw. USMNT overcame an early mistake that lead to Nani's 5' goal by answering with two goals of its own.
With Jermaine Jones scoring on a rocket in the 64’ and Clint Dempsey scoring in the 81' the US also showed more versatility and offensive firepower, especially without key striker Jozy Altidore.
Heading into Thursday's group match, the U.S. needs to continue to raise the level of its play to win or draw against Germany, which would advance the Americans to the round of 16 for the first time in consecutive World Cups.