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UPDATE: Team USA's World Cup Journey Ends

 
UPDATE: Team USA's World Cup Journey Ends
Posted Tuesday, July 1st 2014 @ 6pm

UPDATE: 7/1 6:52pm

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - They captured the eyes and hearts of a suddenly awakened soccer nation, who gathered in unprecedented numbers to watch the world's game.

But the end of the ride came at the exact same point as four years ago: with an overtime loss in the World Cup's round of 16.

Kevin De Bruyne finally beat goalkeeper Tim Howard in the third minute of extra time, Romelu Lukaku scored 12 minutes later to give Belgium a two-goal lead, and the Red Devils hung on for a 2-1 victory Tuesday night.

Before exiting, the U.S. showed the spunk that captured America's attention. Julian Green, at 19 the youngest player on the U.S. roster, stuck out his right foot to volley in Michael Bradley's pass over the defense in the 107th minute, two minutes after entering the game.

They nearly tied it up in the 114th, when Clint Dempsey peeled off the ball and was stopped point-blank by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after being fed by Bradley on a free kick.

But it wasn't enough, and U.S. players fell to the field at the final whistle in their all-white uniforms like so many crumpled tissues.

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APNP Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:39:49 GMT<

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UPDATE: 7/1 6:37pm

 

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne scored in extra time Tuesday to give Belgium a 2-1 win over the United States and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.

De Bruyne gave an attacking Belgium the lead in the 93rd minute, finally getting a shot past U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard. Lukaku made it 2-0 in the 105th.

Julian Green then pulled one back for the Americans in the 107th minute, but the Americans couldn't muster another to send the match to a penalty shootout.

The game was briefly delayed when a man ran onto the field in the 16th minute and had to be escorted off.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


APNP Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:32:40 GMT<

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UPDATE: 7/1  6:31pm

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - Julian Green pulled one back for the United States on Tuesday, but the Americans still trail Belgium 2-1 in extra time in the second round of the World Cup.

Green scored for the Americans in the 107th minute.

Kevin De Bruyne gave Belgium the lead in the 93rd, finally getting a shot past U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard. Romelu Lukaku made it 2-0 in the 105th.

The match went to extra time after the teams went scoreless through 90 minutes of regulation play. There are two 15-minute halves in extra time. If the match is still even, it will be decided by a penalty shootout.

The game was briefly delayed when a man ran onto the field in the 16th minute.

   
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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World Cup fever is gripping the United States today as Team USA hits the field for the first time in the Knockout round.

Team USA wasn't even supposed to escape the dreaded group of death.

But here they are about to take on Belgium in the 2nd round as they get back one of their biggest weapons - striker Jozy Altidore.

He suffered that hamstring injury two weeks ago against Ghana, and his return only means big numbers for TV viewership.

Brian Jaquet with TV Provider Sling Media says World Cup viewership is outperforming the 2012 summer Olympics, and is drawing 4-times the viewers the NBA Finals did.

Today's USA-Belgium match kicks off at 4-pm.

(Photo: Kevin C. Cox / 2014 Getty Images)

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