USA fans went from joy to despair in matter of minutes during Sunday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup match against Portugal.
The United States took a late lead on Clint Dempsey’s 81st-minute goal but ended up with a draw thanks to a late goal from Silvestre Varela. As he did for John Brooks’ game-winning goal over Ghana, SB Nation’s Michael Katz captured Twitter’s reaction at the end of the U.S.-Portugal game using a heat map.
The blue dots in the six-second video represent “geotagged” tweets about the U.S. squad, while the red dots are for Portugal. After Dempsey’s go-ahead goal, the number of U.S.-related tweets exploded. Just minutes later, however, the reaction was quite different when Portugal knotted up the score on a Silvestre Varela header.
Twitter accurately portrayed what was on America’s mind at the end of the game, but nobody symbolized the heartbreak of the country better than Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Kole Calhoun.
Just like most people watching the match, Calhoun was in pure disbelief.
All hope is not lost for the USMNT, though. The team will play Germany in its final game of the group stage on Thursday at noon ET. If the U.S. pulls off a win or draw in that game, you can expect Twitter to blow up accordingly.
h/t SB Nation
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