The now ubiquitous "I believe that we will win" chant has quickly become an all-consuming mantra for Team USA's World Cup run. The fans are doing it, the players are doing it, and after the Americans' opening win against Ghana and comeback against Portugal, it seemed to have power. The power to will the team to improbable success.
So with the U.S. up 2-1 against Portugal in the final seconds of the match, fans new and old around the country giddily chanted "I believe that we will win," confident in the knowledge that the victory and a place in the knockout stage was inevitable. But then Cristiano Ronaldo played a perfect cross to Varela for an equalizer at the death and the chant came to an abrupt end.
This moment of instant deflation was caught on video at several bars and watch parties around the U.S.
(Second video contains some NSFW language)
Though not all U.S. fans were tempting fate with proclamations of overconfidence, they all felt the disappointment of having a win snatched away so late. Here's the reaction of Olympian Lolo Jones, who is familiar with disappointment in both the summer and winter games...
Hopefully this result doesn't sway the belief, though. Because chanting "I believe that we will draw!" just doesn't have the same ring to it.
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