USMNT Eliminated From World Cup Following 2-1 Loss to Belgium (Videos)
Well, it’s over. The USMNT are going home.
In yet another World Cup Round of 16 match that needed extra time (the second of the day and fifth of the tournament), the USA Men’s National Soccer Team found themselves on the wrong end of a thrilling 2-1 battle with Belgium today, ending their 2014 World Cup run.
During a game that saw them get out-shot by a ridiculous margin (38-14 shots and 27-9 shots on goal), the USA managed to hang on and take the game into extra time after both teams failed to score during the opening 90 minutes. However, the U.S. couldn’t keep a persistent Belgian attack off the scoreboard for much longer, as Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring just three minutes into the first extra frame:
And not long after, extra time substitute Romelu Lukaku used his fresh legs to score Belgium’s second goal of the game.
At that point, it seemed like Belgium were all but assured a victory; however, to the USMNT’s credit, they didn’t make things easy on their counterparts, issuing an all-out offensive attack.
And in the 107th minute, they cut the Belgian lead in half thanks to this spectacular goal from another substitute, Julian Green:
Unfortunately, that was as close as they would get, as the USMNT exit their second straight World Cup in the Round of 16.
I guess Rihanna has to start looking for a new team to root against.