RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- American optimism was everywhere at Reston Town Center Sunday, where more than 8,000 fans watched the USA vs Portugal match on big screens in the pavilion.
An early goal by Portugal, however, quickly changed the optimistic tone, but all hope wasn't lost. Fans chanting "I believe that we will win," and "USA" didn't stop.
Andrew Dykstra and other DC United players keeping the positive attitude going for the US team. "I think the second half is going to start opening up, opportunities hopefully galore," says Dykstra.
But the hint of nervousness couldn't be ignored. "I really thought we could do something with Portugal. They came out and took it to us but we haven't shown the fight yet, I know it's coming," says one fan.
"I'm pretty sure if we chant it up we will win," says another fan. And pretty soon, the crowd would agree, all confident Portugal's lead wouldn't last long; and they were right. A much-needed goal by Jermaine Jones tied it up, and all hope was restored.
"I hope we win, but we need a draw, a draw would make me happy, a win would do it," says another fan, nervously watching the game.
It looked like we might get that win, and it certainly felt like it when Clint Dempsey gave the US the lead, and the crowd went wild.
The final seconds couldn't come fast enough, though. Fans hopeful the clock would run out and that oh-so coveted win would be ours. But a stunner from Portugal was a harsh silencer, as the US would come away with a draw. It's not a loss, but it still hurt. "We will take it. It's better than a loss," said one fan.
Team USA fans, though, can't be kept quiet long. "It's very good, we are still in it. What can I say, man? I've got USA all the way. Germany can't take us," says another fan.
Team USA takes on Germany Thursday at noon.