USA's World Cup Loss: The Stages of Acceptance As Told Through GIFs
A complete and total heartbreaker. That's truly the only real way to describe the thrilling, but ultimately harrowing game between the USA and Belgium in their match in the World Cup on Tuesday. The nail biter ended with Belgium beating the USA with a score of 2-1 in extra time, allowing them to advance to the quarter-finals where they'll play against Argentina. And while Americans can immense take pride in their team's efforts during this match — particularly that of superstar goalie Tim Howard, who made a record-breaking 16 saves during the 120-minute game — it's still a heartbreaking loss.
The loss felt even worse knowing that it felt like a victory was still right at Clint Dempsey's —and the rest of the team's, for that matter — fingertips in extra play. It could have easily been one of those sports comeback miracles that back you love the game and inevitably become a family-friendly Disney flick where thousands of extras chant "USA! USA! USA!" and you sob into your popcorn. Alas, it was simply not meant to be for the USA in the 2014 World Cup, but they sure did make us believe, didn't they? We've already done an emoji recap of the heart-stopping match, so here's the GIF treatment of the stages of coming to terms with today's tough loss.
Hang on, just because the clock has stopped doesn't mean the game is over! There's extra extra extra time, right? This is like when we lost to Germany but we still got to advance because of some weird soccer rule, yeah? It's still good, it's still good!
No! Dammit! We had so many opportunities to come back! Didn't anyone other than Tim Howard show up to play?! I got invested in soccer just to have my heart broken?! How dare Belgium and their delicious waffles make a mockery of us!
So many things to cry about here. That cold, hard truth that Tim Howard deserved that victory. The idea that a win could have united our oft-divided. The fact that we have to wait four more years to see if the USA can win the World Cup.
Might as well drown your sorrows in an AMERICAN beer with your fellow bummed-out soccer fans. You can comfort one another during this dark time, and raise a glass to one helluva match.
Maybe if you watch the replays on ESPN for the hundredth time you'll come to terms with it. Maybe you'll be able to pinpoint exactly where it all went wrong and make peace with it.
No one expected the USA to get this far, but you always had faith in them and you're proud of them, even if the outcome wasn't what you'd hope for.