They almost had it. Up 2-1 in stoppage time, USA squandered their lead in the final seconds after a header by Portugal’s Silvestre Varelain. The game opened with a goal from Portugal’s Nani at the 5 minute mark, followed by a slow and grinding remainder of the first half that saw a stoppage for players to hydrate in the intense Brazil humidity. After the half, Jermaine Jones got the United States on the board, followed by a goal from Clint Dempsey at 87′ that appeared to seal the win for our national team. Unfortunately, Varelain’s aforementioned score five minutes into stoppage time evened it up for a disappointing finish. Had USA won tonight, they would’ve advanced beyond group play, but now they’ll meet Germany on Thursday in to finish off the first round.
Catch the best boots of USA-Portugal, plus Belgium’s 1-0 shutout of Russia and Algeria’s 4-2 W over Korea Republic after the break.
Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.