U.S. fans come together to support U.S. men's soccer team in the World Cup

Soccer enthusiasts react while watching an outdoor large screen broadcast on Governor's Island in New York Sunday, June 22, 2014, during the first half of the 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match as Portugal battled the United States. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

RESTON, Va. (WJLA) - Emotions ran low, high, and then low again as thousands came together in Reston to watch coverage of the USA's 2-2 tie with Portugal in soccer Sunday night.

In an event sponsored by Major League Soccer team DC United, two giant screens were set up at Reston Town Center to show the match.

Even a decade ago drawing such a huge crowd to watch a World Cup soccer game on TV would have been almost unthinkable in the DC area.

The quality and popularity of soccer in the U.S. has never equaled Europe or much of Latin America. But some say that's changing.

"I would say in the next 10 years we could be there. It's a rapidly growing sport," said DC United star Chris Pontius, who watched the game among the thousands of others who came out.

Despite the disappointment many felt after a win slipped to a tie on a late goal, some say it was still a thrill to see something so patriotic it almost felt like July 4th.

"Our country is really represented," said Christine Innocenti of Centreville. "And that makes me feel proud."