Tuesday, June 17, 2014
ACC celebrates USA win on Twitter
By Jared Shanker
OK, so Monday wasn’t the entire United States sideline burying Landon Donovan in a South African dogpile four years ago kind of euphoria, but admit it: That was pretty flippin’ sweet. The Internet already bestowed 20-year-old John Brooks, who scored the game-winning goal against Ghana, the honor of being the greatest American of the last century and a half.
The World Cup has a way of captivating this country despite its apathetic reputation toward soccer, and count ACC coaches, players and administrators among those tuning in for the United States' win. Several took to Twitter to rejoice following Clint Dempsey's first-minute goal, Brooks’ heart-stopping header and the Americans finally breaking through against Ghana.
Ryan Switzer, an All-ACC selection as a freshman last season at North Carolina, was in awe of Dempsey’s okey doke of a defender for the opening goal. It was reminiscent of Switzer juking defenders on punt returns, four of which he took for scores this past season.
A Ghana goal in the 82nd minute sent Twitter into a momentary downward spiral until Brooks scored minutes later. Miami freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya tweeted what the rest of the country was thinking.
The tweets came pouring in once the referee blew the final whistle and the 2-1 win put the United States in second place in its group. Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora and Duke receiver Max McCaffrey all chimed in with celebratory #Murica tweets.
Tar Heels bandit Shakeel Rashad followed his coach’s lead and tweeted about the game. He had a message for the United States’ upcoming opponent, Portugal, and, more specifically its star goal scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Not everybody has enjoyed the World Cup thus far, though. Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Brutus has little interest in joining the country’s temporary conversion into a soccer-hungry fanbase.
And former Florida State offensive lineman Menelik Watson, born in England, had his weekend wrecked when Italy beat England Saturday.