Sharing the Moment: USA vs Ghana

Every kick. Every run. Every header. Every switch of field.

My oldest son and I shared the viewing experience of today’s Team USA opener at the World Cup against Ghana. After a quick 1-0 start with a first minute Clint Dempsey goal, the angst in the room slowly started to rise. My son is the more passionate soccer fan and is a former soccer player. He knows far better than I when someone could have seen an open shot or the next key pass to make. Perhaps that’s why he’s more passionate. Or, I’m just getting too old. 
As the momentum continued to shift toward Ghana, I could feel his passion rubbing off on me. For the better part of the second half, it looked as though all 10 of the U.S. field players were having to play defense. Losing their possession-man up top in Jozy Altidore in the first half, the U.S. had no Plan B. Ghana was relentless with their pressure. Finally in the 83rd minute, Ghana got their equalizer in a fantastic goal by Andre Ayew. 
Our room was deflated. No anger or yelling. Just deflation. More, “What are you doing Michael Bradley?”, came from my mouth as the game was nearing its end. They also kept echoing “Oh no, there’s the one. They’re going to get another one aren’t they?”. I couldn’t help it. Team USA, all 10 field players, were looking spent. Somehow, some way that second goal never came. 
Well, at least for Ghana it didn’t. Check out this first IG post.

Vanquishing Demons. My angle of Brooks goal. #usmnt #worldcup

A post shared by Devin Pleuler (@devinpleuler) on

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@gzusi corner to the Goal WOW ⚽️😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵

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YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! as my son dropped to his knees in his best soccer celebration
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! as I tried to maintain some sense of decorum without scaring the dogs in the neighborhood, including my own.
An unbelievable John Brooks game-winning goal. Who wrote the script for that ending? 
Truth be told there were nearly 10 agonizing minutes to play, including an inexplicable five extra minutes (but that’s another story). Oldest son and I were on the edge of our seats. Moving with every pass. Running with every run. Leaning higher with every header. And tensing with every Ghana switch of the field. 
We held our collective breath. And when it was all done…we exhaled. The USA defeated Ghana and earned those precious three points. For a moment, okay maybe a 30-minute moment, we smiled with prideful joy. 
Never mind. We’re still smiling. 
Good job boys. Recover and get ready for Portugal on Sunday. My son and I would like another moment like this
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KEY TWEETS

Who was the Man Of The Match? No argument from me here. Jones was busting his a$$ tonight. 
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Twitter Data has been supplying some fantastic data through the World Cup so far. A must-follow (I rarely give those) during this tournament. 
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I have professed this for years and reiterated it again today. Never more true than today in America. 
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