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July 4, 2014

USA ends magical ride

Team USA full of hopes and dreams after making it through “the group of death” saw their journey end against Belgium, 2-1, with all the goals coming in overtime.

Tim Howard turned in an amazing performance and kept the US team even after 90 minutes which then led to two 15 minute overtime periods. Howard set a World Cup record of 16 saves.

Chris Wondolowski had a shot on goal for the win in the final minute of regular time, but the goalie closed out and deflected the shot at the ground. It missed, forcing the extra period.

Kevin De Bruyne finally beat Howard in the third minute of overtime, Romelu Lukaku scored 12 minutes later to give Belgium a two-goal lead which would hold up.

The US did not go down lightly, as the teams youngest player, Julian Green, entered the game and scored on his first touch, off a Michael Bradley pass to make it 2-1. This came with just over 12 minutes remaining. One of the best chances to knot the game up came on a set piece, in which Bradley tapped the ball to Jermaine Jones who connected with Dempsey giving him a free shot at the net. The Belgium keeper came up with the biggest save of the match to preserve the victory and send the Red Devils into the final eight.

For the US fans, they are left to hold on to hopes and dreams that the team is improving despite being eliminated in the first game of the knockout stage, just like they were four years ago against Ghana 1-0.

A young team, up and coming names like Yedlin, Green, and Diskerud will give the US fans hope in 2018.

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