The US Men’s National Team faced a tough challenge on June 22, going head-to-head against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal. The USA boys played an incredible game with goals from Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey, but after the final whistle blew, the boys in red, white and blue tied with Portugal 2-2!
The US Men’s National Team headed into their second match on an emotional high after stunning Ghana 2-1 on June 16 — and you know they wanted to keep it going and take one step closer to the knockout stage by beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal. The USA team played an fabulous match of non-stop excitement that was filled with jaw-dropping goals from Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey, but a last second goal from Portugal tied the game!
US Men’s National Soccer Team Ties With Portugal In World Cup
Portugal proved a force to be reckoned with just five minutes in to the match. Nani put Portugal ahead of the USMNT 1-0 until after halftime.
Then, midfielder Jermaine Jones leveled out the playing field. After 64 minutes of no scoring, Jermaine tied things up with Cristiano with a shocking goal. At this point, everyone in America is yelling “GO USA!” and ordering Team Jermaine T-shirts online.
At 80 minutes in, Clint Dempsey put USA up 2-1 with an incredible goal. In the Ghana match, Clint had shattered his nose, but you couldn’t even tell it by the way he was playing. This marked his fourth goal in World Cup history.
But in a heartbreaking turn in the final seconds, Silvestre Varela tied the game up 2-2 with an strong header that went right past Tim Howard.
The USMNT will now face Germany and Portugal will play Ghana on June 26.
USMNT Faces Adversity
The U.S. team went into their match against Portugal facing more adversity than you’d expert for a team that just notched one of the nation’s biggest wins ever. Veteran striker Clint Dempsey scored 29 seconds into the game against Ghana, but later in the game he took a boot to the face that broke his nose. Clint actually struggled to breathe for the rest of the game, but he toughed it out and announced that he’d be playing through the pain against Portugal.
Ace striker Jozy Altidore wasn’t as lucky. Racing to a loose ball against Ghana, Jozy pulled up with a left hamstring strain that knocked him out of the match. Three days later, it was confirmed that Jozy would not be able to play against Portugal: “He will not be available for Sunday’s game, but we are hopeful he will be available in the tournament,” U.S. Soccer spokesman Michael Kammarman said.
Clearly, these crucial injuries were just too much for the U.S. to overcome. They put forth a valiant effort, but in the end, the sheer strength of the Portugal side was just too much to handle. Now the United States will head into a match against Germany on June 26 in which they’ll need to get points.
– Andrew Gruttadaro