Team USA loses 2-1 to Belgium
Tim Howard saved goal after goal, and seemed invincible. But in the end, the US lost, in overtime. The team played its heart out, in Brasil, making it to the final 16. Belgium will not face Lionel Messi, and Argentina.
Howard had 16 saves - the most of any goalkeeper since 1966.
The game was tied at 0-0, causing over time. Belgium scored quickly - twice - in the first 5 minutes. The US fought back valiantly, able to finally score - but not enough to tie or win.
US fans were proud of their team!
The TV ratings for the world cup were higher in the US than the NBA finals or the World Series - which is impressive. Soccer really is the world's sport. This popularity has several causes including strong Hispanic viewing, popularity amongst 'Millenials', and being in the same time zone as the US. This will help soccer in the US at all levels. Plus this year the world cup has had more scoring than usual, which adds to the excitement.
Fans sensed that this US team had grit, determination, and confidence - so the sky is the limit now. The days are long gone when the US was considered to have no chance in the world cup - now, it is just a matter of time!