Meet Two of the USA's Biggest Fans

PHOTO: Allison DiFilippo, left, and Samantha Donat, both of New York, react as the United States went up 2-1 over Portugal in the second half as they watched the 2014 World Cup soccer match on Governors Island in New York, June 22, 2014.

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but these photos can be summed up in just two: joy and agony.

The day after the U.S.-Portugal game, which ended in a heartbreaking 2-2 draw, fans of the American team are eagerly awaiting a chance at redemption.

Allison DiFilippo and Samantha Donat, college students living in New York City, were photographed reacting to the highs and lows of the game while they attended an outdoor viewing party Sunday night on Governor's Island.

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The two friends, who described themselves as Team USA fans rather than soccer aficionados, said they went to the game with high hopes, which were dashed when Portugal scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

PHOTO: Allison DiFilippo, left, and Samantha Donat, both of New York, react to a last-minute goal that put Portugal even with United States at the end of their 2014 World Cup soccer match, while watching on Governors Island in New York, June 22, 2014.
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PHOTO: Allison DiFilippo, left, and Samantha Donat, both of New York, react to a last-minute goal that put Portugal even with United States at the end of their 2014 World Cup soccer match, while watching on Governor's Island in New York, June 22, 2014.

"We felt on top of the world –- we beat Ghana and we were invincible, then Portugal kind of proved us wrong right away. And it was almost like bonding, the whole crowd was devastated but there was still a lot of hope," DiFilippo said.

PHOTO: Allison DiFilippo, left, and Samantha Donat, both of New York, react as the United States went up 2-1 over Portugal in the second half as they watched the 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match on Governors Island in New York, June 22, 2014.
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PHOTO: Allison DiFilippo, left, and Samantha Donat, both of New York, react as the United States went up 2-1 over Portugal in the second half as they watched the 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match on Governor's Island in New York, June 22, 2014.

When the United States fired back with two goals to take the lead, DiFilippo, Donat and the crowd of U.S. supporters with them began to see the sweetest outcome -- a victory over Portugal -- as a real possibility.

Then came that soul-crushing goal during stoppage time.

PHOTO: Allison DiFilippo, left, and Samantha Donat, both of New York, react to a last-minute goal at the end of their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match, while watching a large screen broadcast on Governors Island in New York, June 22, 2014.
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PHOTO: Allison DiFilippo, left, and Samantha Donat, both of New York, react to a last-minute goal at the end of their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match, while watching a large screen broadcast on Governor's Island in New York, June 22, 2014.

"I think we were almost kind of in awe," Donat said. "Everyone had come in you could feel the energy that we had a shot and everyone was just so hopeful and to have that smashed in the first five minutes just completely changed the direction of the game I think for everyone there."

DiFilippo said everyone "felt a little cheated at the end especially because it was so late, and we were already in the mood that we won."

Like many other fans of the American team who were deflated in the final minutes of the game, the two friends say they are looking forward to Thursday, when the United States takes on Germany in Recife.

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