Photo Essay

  • Goalkeeper Tim Howard of the U.S. gestures during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Belgium at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador on July 1, 2014.
  • US midfielder Julian Green (L) celebrates after scoring during the second half of extra-time in the Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA at Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador on July 1, 2014.
  • Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne, center, scores the opening goal past United States’ goalkeeper Tim Howard, right, during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Belgium and the USA at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, on July 1, 2014.
  • U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann gestures during extra time in their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Belgium on July 1, 2014. 
  • Vincent Kompany of Belgium tackles Clint Dempsey of the United States during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. 
  • Team USA goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save during a Group G World Cup soccer match between the U.S. and Portugal on June 22, 2014, in Manaus, Brazil.
  • Team USA defender John Brooks (L) celebrates after scoring during a Group G match between Ghana and the U.S. on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.
  • Goalkeeper Tim Howard of the U.S. saves a shot during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game against Belgium at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador July 1, 2014. 
  • Left to right: Graham Zusi, Geoff Cameron, Michael Bradley, Alejandro Bedoya, Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey of the United States sing the National Anthem prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia on June 22, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.
  • Team USA defender DaMarcus Beasley (C) warms up during training in Das Dunas stadium, in Natal, Brazil, on June 15, 2014.
  • Team USA forward Jozy Altidore controls the ball during a Group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the U.S. on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.
  • Team USA goalkeeper Tim Howard fails to stop a shot by Ghana’s midfielder Andre Ayew during a Group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the U.S. on June 16, 2014, in Natal, Brazil.
  • Team USA midfielder Kyle Beckerman, U.S. defender Matt Besler, Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo and U.S. defender DaMarcus Beasley jump for the ball during a Group G World Cup soccer match between the U.S. and Portugal on June 22, 2014, in Manaus, Brazil.
  • Jermaine Jones (front) of the United States and teammate Alejandro Bedoya lie on the field after colliding during the match between the United States and Germany on June 26, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.
  • Team USA forward Clint Dempsey (L) vies with Portugal’s goalkeeper Beto (C) during a Group G World Cup soccer match between the U.S. and Portugal on June 22, 2014, in Manaus, Brazil.
  • Team USA goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save during a Group G World Cup soccer match between the U.S. and Portugal on June 22, 2014, in Manaus, Brazil.
  • Clint Dempsey of the United States celebrates scoring his team’s second goal past Beto of Portugal during the match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia, Brazil, on June 22, 2014.
  • Jermaine Jones of the United States reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil group G match between the United States and Germany at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.
  • Team USA’s Jermaine Jones battles for the ball with Mats Hummels of Germany during the Group G match between the United States and Germany on June 26, 2014, in Recife, Brazil.
  • Team USA forward Clint Dempsey scores during a Group G World Cup soccer match between the U.S. and Portugal on June 22, 2014, in Manaus, Brazil.
  • Philipp Lahm of Germany is challenged by Team USA forward Clint Dempsey (L) and Alejandro Bedoya of the United States during the Group G match between the United States and Germany on June 26, 2014, in Recife, Brazil.
  • Team USA’s Jermaine Jones (2nd L) celebrates his goal against Portugal with teammates Alejandro Bedoya (L-R), Matt Besler and DaMarcus Beasley during their match on June 22, 2014, in Manaus, Brazil.
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Team USA's big World Cup moments

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Team USA fought until the last minute of overtime, but ultimately fell 2-1 in its knockout round match against Belgium.

Still, almost no one expected the U.S. to get this far. When Team USA was drawn into World Cup Group G last December, few people gave coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s men much chance of advancing.

After all, this was the so-called “Group of Death”—they’d be up against perennial powerhouse Germany, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, and Ghana, who eliminated the Stars and Stripes from the last two World Cups.

Well, after a gritty win against Ghana, an impressive draw with Portugal, and a narrow loss to the Germans, Team USA made it to the knockout round.

Although the U.S. lost to Belgium on Tuesday, the Americans proved themselves a world-class team with a particularly heroic performance by Tim Howard – who saved more goals (16) than any other goalkeeper in a World Cup game since 1966 – as well as newcomers like 20-year-old DeAndre Yedlin and 19-year-old Julian Green, who fired the U.S. team’s one goal against Belgium.

For U.S. fans, that young blood is reason for hope: After all, there’s always 2018.

 

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