It was a nice run, but the US is going home after a tough loss to Belgium
Belgium scored in the 3rd minute of extra time thanks to a brilliant shot by Kevin De Bruyne and some shoddy US defending. They scored again 12 minutes later to give Belgium a seemingly insurmountable lead.
The Belgians attacked aggressively all game, firing off 39 shots compared to only 17 for the US. Howard made 17 saves, many of the spectacular variety, despite finally letting in the game-winner. Belgian goalie Thibaut Courtois only had to make 5 saves.
The Americans played fiercely, but were simply overmatched by a superior Belgian team. They got themselves a goal, the first scored against Belgium by any team in the tournament, off the foot of Julian Green in the 107th minute.
Howard may have been the best player on the pitch, but he could only do so much when the Belgians stayed on the attack nearly the entire game.
Still, this was as good as it gets for the Americans, who have never advanced into the quarterfinals. They still haven't, but this tournament was encouraging, as they reached the knockout stage for the 2nd World Cup in a row for the first time ever.
Congratulations to the Belgians, who now have to face Lionel Messi and Argentina in the quarterfinals.