As I sat on my friend’s living room floor on Sunday, my mind and feelings were racing.
The USA-Portugal game had just started and the players ran around the pitch.
And then it happened.
Portugal scored the first goal of the match, and it felt like my heart dropped into my stomach.
Throughout the rest of the first half, I was down and feeling sad, but then the second half began, and I felt a new optimism.
That optimism grew even more when the United State netted their first of two goals in the match off a beautiful laser shot from Jermaine Jones followed by a Clint Dempsey tip-in from a few feet out to take the 2-1 lead.
Dempsey’s goal had come in the 81st minute of the match and it looked as if the National Team was going to move on to the round of 16 for the second straight World Cup, and then Cristiano Ronaldo crushed Americans’ dreams with one gorgeous cross.
Portugal scored the tying goal with just a few seconds left into stoppage time and left the United States with just one point in the standings instead of three for winning the match.
After feeling dejected for several hours after the match, I realized the U.S. still has a great chance of making it to the next round. All it has to do is beat or draw against one of the best teams in the world — Germany.
Of course there are a few scenarios where the U.S. can advance even with a loss, but we’re Americans. We want the win.
As I look forward to Thursday’s 11 a.m. match, I will keep in mind one phrase which has rang out among American supporters.
“I believe that we will win.”