"I believe that we will tie! I believe that we will tie! I believe that we will tie!"

Nah. That chant doesn't exactly have the same ring to it as the song we've heard a billion times over the past few weeks on World Cup promos, does it?



TIM BENZ

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The United States appeared to have a win — and a spot in the knockout round — locked up. But then in the fifth minute of stoppage time, with just seconds remaining before the final whistle, Cristiano Ronaldo sent a perfect cross into the box that Silvestre Varela buried to force a heartbreaking 2-2 draw.

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I like baseball a lot. At 8 p.m. Monday, I liked soccer better.

This wasn't intended. When I walked into the Fenway Park press box just before 6 p.m. (or 7 p.m., Natal, Brazil, time) my focus was solely on looking up Tony Gwynn's 1994 batting average and learning what was on the media dining room menu.



For the majority of its World Cup opener, the United States looked overmatched by Ghana. The Americans got badly out-possessed for most of the game. They mounted very few serious offensive chances. And to make matters worse, forward Jozy Altidore and defender Matt Besler both left the game with hamstring injuries.

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