US and Portugal finished 2-2, but this was no tie. One team clearly witnessed repercussions of a 94th-minute goal that ended this game in a tie.
Two teams stepped on the field today. Both played successfully. Both scored two goals. One was a true loser today.
United States, coming back from a very early goal, left this field with their heads down. Two late goals, in the 60th and 80th minutes, were supposed to be the final scores in this match.
That was not the case.
With under twenty seconds remaining in the game (including stoppage time), a defensive breakdown by the U.S. let the Portuguese stay alive with a draw. It was one of many incidents that left this club feeling defeated.
Regardless of the scoreboard, this game was lost by the U.S. Going from definite advancement to possible elimination is nothing to keep heads up about.
Injuries struck this team hard today, and that will carry over to their next game versus Germany. This team is hoping for at least a tie, but doing so against the Germans will be as far from easy as it could be.
Too much went wrong for America today. The miraculous underdog story might be over in less than five days.
If there's anyone who is used to devastating losses it's me and other NY fans who have suffered through numerous Jets, Mets, and Knicks losing seasons. But this tie against Portugal just flat out sucked. It felt like the equivalent of coming back from a 20 point lead in basketball and losing on a buzzer beating shot. The thing is, if the US were the team that scored in the 95' minute we'd all be talking about how amazing of a game it was. But the US wasn't supposed to win, had the chance to win, and then blew it. So, as Americans face the battle against depression this morning after, we look for things to cheer us up:
1. According to ESPNs Five-ThirtyEight, the US still has a 76% chance of advancing
2. Jurgen Klinnsman is a German. Germany needs a draw. We need a draw. Ipso facto, we're arranging a draw with Germany as we speak.
3. Clint Dempsey is on a scoring tear
4. Not to Tim Howard is coming off one of the best games of his USMNT career