“I believe that we will win.”

The phrase is defiant, proud, optimistic. And to many Twitter users, it was one thing above all else: American.

The believers didn’t get their win, as the U.S. lost, 2-1, to Belgium in the World Cup. But at times, it looked like the U.S. might just make it happen. Fans on social media sure thought so.

Nineteen-year-old Julian Green provided a shot of hope in the 107th minute with a goal shortly after entering the game, and Twitter lit up with mentions of Green.

U.S. soccer player Stuart Holden tweeted: Julian Green will break twitter if he scores again!!! Come onnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!

Fans reacted in awe to Green’s goal, which cut Belgium’s extra-time lead in half.

Will Graham wrote: Julian Green thoo. He’s 19 and scored on his first touch in his first ever World Cup match. Insane.

Green and DeAndre Yedlin, 20, kept belief alive for the future.

Kyle Pujats tweeted: That final goal from Julian Green is the difference between devastation and hope looking into the next World Cup. #USA #NeverStopBelieving

Joe Fann weighed in on Yedlin, who played most of the game after coming on for an injured Fabian Johnson: Yedlin looks more fearless than 90% of the #USMNT roster. I'm not worried about him at all.

Tim Howard fed belief in Team USA throughout the match with save after save — 16 to be exact.

After Howard opened the second half with four saves on four good Belgian chances, Daisy Monk tweeted: Bow down to Tim Howard. #USAvsBEL #USMNT #WorldCup2014

Nate Rawlings summed up Howard’s performance: Webster has officially revised the spelling of "brick wall" to "T-I-M (space) H-O-W-A-R-D" #usmnt #usa #soccer

As Howard made saves with both his hands and feet, Twitter users suggested ways to honor the veteran goalkeeper for his performance.

David Marine proposed: Tim Howard for President. #USMNT #WorldCup2014

Bryan Parker went a step further: Can we put tim Howard's face on MT Rushmore? #AmericanHero #USMNT

Before the game started, fans in Brazil and across the country posted photos on Twitter and Instagram, showcasing their belief with red, white and blue.

With the words, “He believes that we will win,” ESPN tweeted a photo of a young fan decked out with a red bandana, stars-and-stripes face paint and a red-white-and-blue Mohawk.

The FIFA World Cup Instagram account posted a picture of another U.S.-themed Mohawk with “I believe” written on the side of the man’s head and an American flag painted across his face.

Major League Soccer tweeted a photo of tens of thousands of fans gathered at Soldier Field for an outdoor game watch: America <3s soccer. MT @ussoccer: Soldier Field is rockin' for the #BELvUSA viewing party.

Fans like Chris Nicolini refused to give up hope until time officially ran out: Lot's of time left... Let's go #USA ! #USMNT #USAvsBEL #WorldCup2014

Time’s up for the U.S. but only on Brazil 2014, as David Secor would tell you: Team of Champions, Playing like Heroes Can't wait for 2018 #USA

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