World Cupdate: USA Twitter heat map and injury report

06/17/2014 05:00 PM

A scoreless win for Mexico

First off, congratulations to Mexico on holding Brazil at bay. Even though the final score was 0-0, that definitely counts as a win for Mexico as most expected Brazil to breeze through group play easily. Brazil still leads the group thanks to goal differential, but Mexico holds in second. Cameroon and Croatia play tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET.

This fan is super excited about the results.

Injury Report

Now, let’s get the bad news out of the way. The USA took two hard hits yesterday against Ghana with Jozy Altidore taken off the pitch on a stretcher and team captain Clint Dempsey suffering a broken nose. Head coach Jürgen Klinsmann seemed optimistic that Dempsey would be back for the American’s next match against Portugal, but Altidore is most likely out for Sunday’s match and maybe the rest of the tournament after he strained his right hamstring chasing down a loose ball. Altidore will undergo an MRI in Sao Paulo to determine the extent of the injury. Central defender Matt Besler grabbed his left hamstring after a tackle and then was taken out at halftime due to tightness.

Now onto the good news…


The USA beat Ghana, a team that sent them packing in 2010 and 2006. Twitter was on fire last night during the match, and Vox Media has the heat map to prove it. The vine video below shows the volume of posts on Twitter. Red is for tweets on Ghana, and blue is for the USA. The first flash is for the Ghana equalizer. Then, the next flash is for the go-ahead goal by John Brooks and finally there’s the Twitter celebration when the win became official.

While it’s cool to see the Twitter reaction in a heat map, nothing beats the videos of celebration around the nation and the world. Kentucky even makes a cameo at the 1:00 mark.

“Everything went according to the plan”

cn|2’s Bruce Snyder and ESPN 680’s Jason Anderson discuss USA’s win over Ghana. They discuss how the injuries to Dempsey and Altidore will affect the USA going forward and how big Germany’s dominant win was for the American’s chances to get out of the Group of Death.


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