American soccer fans congratulate USMNT on reaching the knockout stages of the World Cup after beating Iran 1-0

NFL star JJ Watt has taken to social media to spearhead tributes to the USMNT and hailed Christian Pulisic for risking his body to score against Iran as the US are now set to advance to the round of 16 at the World Cup .

“Sacrificing the crown jewels for a tremendous goal at the World Cup… that’s dedication @cpulisic_10,” the Arizona Cardinals defensive end tweeted after the final whistle blew at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

“@USMNT CONGRATULATIONS MEN on promotion,” LeBron James shared minutes later. ‘Keep going!!!’

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JJ Watt, LeBron James and Carli Lloyd led the congratulatory tweets after USMNT's 1-0 win over Iran on Tuesday

JJ Watt, LeBron James and Carli Lloyd led the congratulatory tweets after USMNT’s 1-0 win over Iran on Tuesday

Christian Pulisic scored in the 38th minute before colliding with Iran's Alreza Beiranvand

Christian Pulisic scored in the 38th minute before colliding with Iran’s Alreza Beiranvand

Former USWNT forward Carli Lloyd, who scored 134 goals in 316 games for the Star and Stripes, responded: “What a fight!!! Well done guys. Way to risk everything to get this [ball] in the back of the net @cpulisic_10! On to the next! #WorldCup2022 #USA’

Pulisic scored when he crashed headfirst into Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand in the 38th minute after a Sergino Dest cross. The Chelsea winger was stretched out on the field and lay in goal for around three minutes as he was treated by US staff. He returned to the game but was substituted early in the second half.

“Exhale… my goodness… off to the knockout,” tweeted a relieved Stuart Holden, Fox Sports’ play-by-play announcer in Qatar.

“WE DON’T PACK OUR BAGS. WE DON’T GO HOME. WE GO AHEAD!!!” the US men’s soccer team shared seconds after the team emerged victorious from Tuesday’s win-or-go home game.

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Landon Donovan, Stuart Holden and Alexi Lalas also tweeted congratulations after the big win in Doha

Landon Donovan, Stuart Holden and Alexi Lalas also tweeted congratulations after the big win in Doha

US midfielders Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams hugged after taking a first-half lead

US midfielders Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams hugged after taking a first-half lead

“Proud of my team. Proud of my country. Let’s go,” wrote ex-US captain Alexi Lalas.

“Let’s gooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!” tweeted Landon Donovan, who with 57 goals is tied with Clint Dempsey as America’s all-time leading scorer.

“Next on the USA Soccer menu is Dutch apple pie,” said former Redskins, Browns and Ravens player Robert Griffin III, referring to USA’s next opponents.

The Americans finished second in Group B on five points, two behind England, and play the Netherlands on Saturday with a chance of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time since 2002.

Iran finished third with three points. The team has not progressed in all six World Cup appearances.

There have been heightened tensions surrounding the game due to strained relations between the United States and the Islamic government of Iran. Iran defeated the United States 2-1 in the 1998 tournament in France, eliminating the Americans.

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US goaltender Zach Steffen was among other high-profile athletes celebrating Tuesday's win on Twitter

US goaltender Zach Steffen was among other high-profile athletes celebrating Tuesday’s win on Twitter

Yunus Musah, Brenden Aaronson & Walker Zimmerman celebrate qualifying for the Knockout Rounds after finishing second in Group B

Yunus Musah, Brenden Aaronson & Walker Zimmerman celebrate qualifying for the Knockout Rounds after finishing second in Group B

“Round of 16…Congratulations gentlemen,” tweeted US goaltender Zach Steffen, who was dropped from the Star and Stripes’ 26-man roster ahead of the tournament.

“I’m really warm and cozy inside,” said ex-USMNT defense attorney Jimmy Conrad. “I love you @USMNT!”

“SURVIVED AND PROGRESSED,” the US Premier League account said on Twitter.

“Congratulations to @USMNT and @cpulisic_10 for the great achievement. #USMNT,” Taylor Twellman wrote online.

The ex-New England Revolution striker then tweeted a picture of Pulisic celebrating Team USA’s victory from a hospital bed in Doha along with the caption: “Stud #USMNT”.

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Taylor Twellman called Pulisic a

Taylor Twellman called Pulisic a “stallion” on Twitter and shared a picture of the winger celebrating Tuesday’s win

Among professional sports teams, the LA Rams led the way and congratulated the Star and Stripes on extending their stay in the Middle East.

‘FURTHER! LET’S GO,” the reigning Super Bowl champion tweeted alongside a GIF that had Head Coach Sean McVay beaming.

The New York Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars also sent greetings to the NFL teams.

The Los Angeles Rams were among the many NFL teams to congratulate the USMNT on their championship progress

The Los Angeles Rams were among the many NFL teams to congratulate the USMNT on their championship progress

Academy Award-winning actor Matthew Mcconnaughey also congratulated the USA men’s team, tweeting: “Wanted needed got it to the 15th #USA #WorldCup2022”

“What was your maximum heart rate in the last 20-25 minutes? Go USA!!’ said two-time FIFA Women’s World Champion Mia Hamm.

Meanwhile, Cameron Carter-Vickers, the son of former NBA player Howard Carter, made his Worlds debut in place of Walker Zimmerman and gave the US a full Europe-based lineup in Worlds play for the first time on Tuesday.

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Maureen Mackey

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