U.S. Soccer Loses to Belgium, 2014 World Cup Run Is Over
Just like that, U.S. Soccer's run at the 2014 World Cup is over. After a heard-earned four points over three excruciating games in the Group of Death, the United States fought hard against Belgium, but ultimately succumbed, falling 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon. The crazy part? Despite being outplayed for the entire match, the Americans nearly won in regulation, as goalkeeper Tim Howard put on nothing short of a show, and substitute striker Chris Wondolowski found himself in front of the net with a one-touch effort for all the marbles in stoppage time. But Wondo whiffed, and the referee signaled full-time only moments later.
In the first extra frame, Belgium broke through for two goals. And, despite this incredible goal from 19-year-old reserve Julian Green (the controversial player selected for the team's roster over Landon Donovan), the United States couldn't tie the score in the waning minutes of the Round of 16 matchup.
Salute to the U.S. side for going above and beyond expectations at the 2014 World Cup. There a bigger and better things on the horizon for this young roster.