When our soccer team took the field against Ghana Monday night, Americans watched closely with one idea in mind that #WeGhanaWin. Viewing parties from coast to coast watched Team USA end its eight-year hex in thrilling fashion. Although he arrived late to the U.S.’s opening World Cup game and missed their first goal 29 seconds into the game, Vice President Biden stopped by the locker room to congratulate them on their 2-1 victory.
Biden’s surprise visit was cherished by each individual on the soccer team, although they know when they step back on that field they have our nation’s full support. Chartered planes and packed buses brought an enormous presence of our beloved nation to Brazil’s doorstep. “U.S. fans bought four times as many tickets as any other nation.” American fans marched their way through the street to the Arena das Dunas Stadium in Natal, Brazil, chanting the newly inspired song I Believe backed by a unified and dedicated group of supporters of the USA National Soccer Team, called The American Outlaws.
Before Monday the US soccer team had never beaten Ghana in a World Cup match, and with great relief comes a strong focus towards the games ahead. Coach Klinsmann “taught the U.S. players to see the field differently, to impose themselves on opposing defenses, and for defenders to push high into the middle of the field and even to join the attack.”
Team USA’s next two matches are against Portugal, Sunday, June 22 at 6 p.m. ET, and Germany, Thursday, June 26 at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Portugal’s star center back, Pepé, received a red card in their first match of the World Cup against Germany for a confrontation with the German forward, Thomas Muller. He will be watching from the bench as his team steps up to play hard against the United States.
But with good news comes bad news, as one of our star strikers, Jozy Altidore, won’t play on Sunday after he strained his left hamstring early in the game against Ghana.
Portugal is short tempered and is at the bottom of the Group G division and anything is possible for believers. With determination and possibly another early goal from Clint Dempsey, the USA team will put serious pressure on the strong Portuguese team and achieve another win, advancing the US through the “group of death.”
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