17 June 2014
Last updated at 02:20
It’s not a country renowned for its love of “soccer” but football fans across the US celebrated a last-gasp win against the team’s World Cup nemesis, Ghana.
John Brooks headed in a late winner for USA in a dramatic finale to their opening Group G game in Natal.
It went a long way towards making amends for being knocked out by Ghana in the last two World Cups, and supporters across the US are set to party well into the night.
Thousands of fans gathered in Chicago’s Grant Park to watch the game
Hundreds at Hermosa Beach, California, cheered Clint Dempsey’s opening goal in the first minute of the game
There was similar jubilation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
John Brooks was overcome with joy after scoring the winning goal in the last five minutes
The US hosted the World Cup 20 years ago, and football has taken off since then, although it’s still not as popular as other major US sports
Jack Dempsey’s bar in New York City was also packed to the rafters with USA fans
The game’s popularity has been driven by a younger fan base – Carlos Pineda led the cheers in Chicago
Vice-President Joe Biden congratulated the team in the dressing room, here with USA hero Clint Dempsey (left)
Americans are among the top ticket buyers in Brazil’s World Cup, second behind host country Brazil