John Brooks’ game-winning goal against Ghana set off jubilant celebrations in every sports bar in America. The good times flowed like draft beer and sudden patriots hugged other sudden patriots.
But sometimes soccer delivers a right hook to the gut. Any U.S. fan who watched yesterday’s thrilling match against Portugal knows just how stunning Varela’s stoppage-time goal felt.
It hurts to watch these Bros’ hearts break. Then again, it hurts even more to know we are these Bros and our hearts are shattered as well.