OK, so Monday wasn’t the entire United States sideline burying Landon Donovan in a South African dogpile four years ago kind of euphoria, but admit it: That was pretty flippin’ sweet. The Internet already bestowed 20-year-old John Brooks, who scored the game-winning goal against Ghana, the honor of being the greatest American of the last century and a half.
The World Cup has a way of captivating this country despite its apathetic reputation toward soccer, and count ACC coaches, players and administrators among those tuning in for the United States' win. Several took to Twitter to rejoice following Clint Dempsey's first-minute goal, Brooks’ heart-stopping header and the Americans finally breaking through against Ghana.
Ryan Switzer, an All-ACC selection as a freshman last season at North Carolina, was in awe of Dempsey’s okey doke of a defender for the opening goal. It was reminiscent of Switzer juking defenders on punt returns, four of which he took for scores this past season.
OHHHHH HE BROKE HIM OFF!!!!!! WITH A SOCCER BALL!!! 🙈🙈🙈
— Ryan Switzer (@Switz03) June 16, 2014
A Ghana goal in the 82nd minute sent Twitter into a momentary downward spiral until Brooks scored minutes later. Miami freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya tweeted what the rest of the country was thinking.
— Brad Kaaya (@TrinidadBrad) June 16, 2014
The tweets came pouring in once the referee blew the final whistle and the 2-1 win put the United States in second place in its group. Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora and Duke receiver Max McCaffrey all chimed in with celebratory #Murica tweets.
USA! USA! USA! USA! 🙌
— Cole Stoudt (@CStoudt_18) June 16, 2014
— Larry Fedora (@CoachFedora) June 17, 2014
We won!!!! #merica
— Max McCaffrey (@notoriousmax25) June 16, 2014
Tar Heels bandit Shakeel Rashad followed his coach’s lead and tweeted about the game. He had a message for the United States’ upcoming opponent, Portugal, and, more specifically its star goal scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo.
You're next @Cristiano 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
— Shakeel Rashad (@shak_inabox) June 17, 2014
Not everybody has enjoyed the World Cup thus far, though. Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Brutus has little interest in joining the country’s temporary conversion into a soccer-hungry fanbase.
Ain't no way I could sit down and watch soccer
— Lamarcus Brutus (@Beebo42) June 15, 2014
And former Florida State offensive lineman Menelik Watson, born in England, had his weekend wrecked when Italy beat England Saturday.
I guess we just put ourselves in a lil predicament. Just ruined my Saturday!
— Menelik Watson (@MenelikWatson71) June 14, 2014