Following a gut-wrenching 2-2 draw against Portugal deep in the Amazon, the #USMNT had just two days of training and rest before departing for Recife in preparation for its match against Germany, where a number of scenarios can either send the #USMNT into the Round of 16 or back home.
June 23, 2014
Thanks to all the supporters out there for pushin us today!!! Only 30 sec more and we done it!! but… http://t.co/EInowVg6au— Jermaine Jones (@Jermainejunior) June 23, 2014
The match-up against Portugal that put the #USMNT in the predicament against Germany was a roller coaster ride. The mistake for Portugal's early goal, the two goals to put the U.S. up and the last-minute dagger that leveled it.
Kramer tries not to watch the World Cup after "overdosing" in 2010. "The highs are high, but the lows? Oh, they're low! They're low, Jerry!"— Modern Seinfeld (@SeinfeldToday) June 12, 2014
The team has traveled about 3,300 miles in less than three days, and somewhere in between, the starters and reserves found a way to get a few practices under their belt.
No matter how far the team traveled, #USMNT fans wanted the players to know there was always support from home.
WONDO!!!!!!!!— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) June 22, 2014
The support and a few good training sessions that concentrated on Germany got the players right back on track.
Before the team left, one thing had to be figured out; who would win the team soccer tennis championship?
Easy win at training today!! ⚽️⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/HN5PQO2KJC— Aron Jóhannsson (@aronjo20) June 24, 2014
And just like that, the team boarded its third flight in as many days, getting to Recife two days before the showdown with Germany.
Onto Recife! Focused on Germany... Leggo ✈️✈️✈️✈️— DeAndre Yedlin (@yedlinny) June 24, 2014
Hello Recife! #LetsDoThis— tim howard (@TimHowardGK) June 24, 2014
The welcome wagon in Recife was truly amazing.
Another scenario the #USMNT and Jurgen Klinsmann must deal with on Thursday is banged up defender Matt Besler and the absence of forward Jozy Altidore following a hamstring injury in the early stages of the Ghana match.
However, the @ussoccer just might have an ace up it’s sleeve… or maybe it’s a king…
One thing is for sure: fans, clubs, businesses and celebrities are excited for The #USMNT to #LetsDoThis.
After record-breaking TV records for the match against Portugal, fans and fellow athletes have taken to social media to build-up the momentum for Thursday’s crucial game.
Even the Hulkster go on board with the #USMNT.
The USA-Germany game has received so much attention that even folks who are off planet are tuning in - that's right our astronauts are excited!
Once it arrived in Recife, the team wanted to relax a bit. Whether it’s playing cards or watching good ol’ television, players took their mind off all the pre-match hub-bub.
"The office" is my show during this World Cup— Mix Diskerud (@MixDiskerud) June 24, 2014
In the end, the motto stays the same: win and we’re in. The #USMNT can advance with a win, a tie or even a loss. But, the easiest way to advance according to Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic? #RiskEverything.
My name is Brad Smith and I am the official photographer of the U.S. Women's National Team. I joined the WNT as a full-time staff member back in March of 2015 and it has been an incredible experience so far. For this year in review, the choices I made are subjective and personal. They include on-and-off the field moments, and capture the emotions and experiences that players and fans alike navigated in 2017. Some are also just cool photos, but I'm also probably a little bit biased. I hope you enjoy my picks, and I’ll see you all (more than likely through my lenses) in 2018!
- Brad Smith, U.S. WNT Photographer
"Does it rain much in Los Angeles? No, but the team seemed to have no trouble finding it there last January Camp."
"I’m always on the lookout for something different. Gym sessions are just that.
Then when you add some soft window light to a shadow boxing Ashlyn Harris, you get something special."
"When you practice at a college campus, word travels fast. During training at the University of Maryland,
a deserted pitch soon became a surrounded stadium."
"Winners on the field, winners off the field. While the team was in Frisco, we made a special visit to a local hospital.
Rose Lavelle even got a dance lesson."
"One of my favorite action photos of the year because it’s such a story-telling image. Not only does it have fantastic action,
but as you look over Allie Long to the right you realize the ball is going in for a goal over the keeper. "