As fans familiar with U.S. soccer already know, the U.S. national teams have a tendency to make things as difficult as possible, not only for themselves, but also for their fans. Whether it's Landon Donovan's last-gasp goal against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup group stage, or the Women's National Team's dramatic comeback against Brazil in the 2011 Women's World Cup quarterfinals, no match is ever straightforward for either team. That said, while that stomach churning sensation can be overwhelming, the elation that comes with a late victory is unmatched.
The same was true on Monday, where in a single instant, American fans went from wondering whether the U.S.' campaign would be over just as quickly as it had started, to hugging anyone within a 15-foot radius. Thankfully, more than a few people were able to record that moment.
Notice the stereotypical shaky cam on this one:
Here we have a crowd that looks dangerously close to maxing out, capacity-wise. If you recognize the establishment, please don't report them.
Soccer fans themselves, the U.S. Women's National Team took part in a watch party for the match, with former-FIFA World Player of the Year Abby Wambach especially invested.
Thankfully, John Brooks came through, giving supporters a reason to cheer. One thing though: we've really got to work on this chant.