#USWNT World Cup Viewing Party
On Monday night, the United States men's national team beat Ghana 2-1 in its World Cup opener. Much like Americans all over the country, the U.S. women's national team used the occasion as a reason to throw a party. Here are some of the night's highlights, on the pitch in Brazil and at Dish Bar and Grill in Hartford, Connecticut, where the team is readying for a Thursday Friendly against France.
5:45 p.m. ET: Almost game time
While all the team members rocked their USA jerseys, Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux and Kelley O'Hara wanted to ensure that EVERYONE knew which team they were rooting for. Yes, they really wore these tutus in public.
6:01 p.m. ET
Clint Dempsey wasted no time getting on the board, scoring just 30 seconds into the game. The U.S. women's team reacted accordingly.
6:23 p.m. ET and 6:36 p.m. ET
Injuries to both Jozy Altidore and Dempsey drew empathetic groans and sympathetic tweets from many of the women's team members.
Heartbroken for Jozy.- Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux) June 16, 2014
Oh man...brings back bad memories...I feel so bad for Jozy...hope it's not that bad and he can make it back. #thinkingofjozy- Shannon Boxx (@ShannonBoxx7) June 16, 2014
7:45 p.m. ET
Despite trailing 1-0 since the game's opening minute, Ghana struck back to tie the score in the 82nd minute. Unsurprisingly, the USWNT members were not pleased with this development.
You weren't the only one disappointed by Ghana's goal. https://t.co/o2mBmhnepi- espnW (@espnW) June 16, 2014
7:49 p.m. ET
John Brooks became the first American substitute in history to score in a World Cup game ... and instantly became a national hero.
7:53 p.m. ET
Despite a 2-1 lead in the final minutes, a visibly nervous Abby Wambach can't help but coach from her seat ... in a bar ... thousands of miles away.
8:01 p.m. ET
Game over! U-S-A! U-S-A! A relieved Wambach leads the bar in an obligatory "I Believe" chant. Because someone had to do it.
Of course, the night wouldn't be complete without a "I Believe" chant. https://t.co/fHCQn16Fet- espnW (@espnW) June 17, 2014