By Dan Treadway
June 23, 2014


The highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

The U.S. has now played two matches at the World Cup, and by most measures, they’ve been two of the most thrilling games in the country’s soccer history — but for very different reasons.

Last Monday, the nation erupted in celebration after little-known American defender John Brooks lifted the Americans to a crucial World Cup victory over Ghana. Sunday’s match was setting up to be a similar narrative — a come from behind victory against a heavily favored opponent — until Cristiano Ronaldo happened. You can see the reaction by USA fans in Hattiesburg, who shifted from raucous celebration to utter despair in a matter of seconds, in the video above.

The reaction in Grant Park in Chicago, where thousands gathered to watch the game, wasn’t any less painful:

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