“I believe that we will win.”
The phrase is defiant, proud, optimistic. And to many Twitter users, it was one thing above all else: American.
The believers didn’t get their win, as the U.S. lost, 2-1, to Belgium in the World Cup. But at times, it looked like the U.S. might just make it happen. Fans on social media sure thought so.
Nineteen-year-old Julian Green provided a shot of hope in the 107th minute with a goal shortly after entering the game, and Twitter lit up with mentions of Green.
U.S. soccer player Stuart Holden tweeted: Julian Green will break twitter if he scores again!!! Come onnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!
Fans reacted in awe to Green’s goal, which cut Belgium’s extra-time lead in half.
Will Graham wrote: Julian Green thoo. He’s 19 and scored on his first touch in his first ever World Cup match. Insane.
Green and DeAndre Yedlin, 20, kept belief alive for the future.
Tim Howard fed belief in Team USA throughout the match with save after save — 16 to be exact.
As Howard made saves with both his hands and feet, Twitter users suggested ways to honor the veteran goalkeeper for his performance.
Before the game started, fans in Brazil and across the country posted photos on Twitter and Instagram, showcasing their belief with red, white and blue.
The FIFA World Cup Instagram account posted a picture of another U.S.-themed Mohawk with “I believe” written on the side of the man’s head and an American flag painted across his face.
Major League Soccer tweeted a photo of tens of thousands of fans gathered at Soldier Field for an outdoor game watch: America <3s soccer. MT @ussoccer: Soldier Field is rockin' for the #BELvUSA viewing party.