World Cup Reactions: Cheer When We Lose, Cry When We Tie?

American fans' reactions to the USA's three games at the World Cup in Brazil over the past two weeks have been pretty confusing -- especially if you're a casual observer trying to get on the soccer bandwagon.

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When the USA beat Ghana 2-1 on June 16, most Americans knew it was a good thing. And we celebrated.

PHOTO: Fans of the U.S. national soccer team celebrate their victory over Ghana inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 16, 2014.
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PHOTO: Fans of the U.S. national soccer team celebrate their victory over Ghana inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 16, 2014.

When the Americans played Portugal this past Sunday, we were in the lead and Portugal scored in stoppage time to tie the game, 2-2. It ended in a draw -- and U.S. fans looked utterly crushed.

PHOTO: Fans gather in Grant Park to watch the United States tie Portugal in a Group G World Cup match on June 22, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
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PHOTO: Fans gather in Grant Park to watch the United States tie Portugal in a Group G World Cup match on June 22, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

So you'd think today, when the U.S. lost to Germany 1-0, that American fans would be devastated. Not at all. Instead, this was their reaction:

Pure joy.

PHOTO: U.S. supporters celebrate advancing to the Round of 16 after their loss to Germany while watching the match at FIFA Fan Fest on June 26, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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PHOTO: U.S. supporters celebrate advancing to the Round of 16 after their loss to Germany while watching the match at FIFA Fan Fest on June 26, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

It's been a roller-coaster of confusing emotions for Team USA supporters. Nevertheless, it's onto the knockout round!

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