The U.S. men's soccer team bowed out of the World Cup in Brazil on Tuesday evening but received generous praise from many in the game, especially for goalkeeper Tim Howard.
With 16 saves in a match that lasted an extended 120 minutes, Howard entered the record books with the most saves in one game since World Cup records began in 1966.
Despite the heroics, the small European nation of Belgium, fifth favorites for the cup according to bookmakers before the tournament, proved too much for American resilience and determination.
Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne scored in extra time on Tuesday evening to give Belgium a 2-1 win over the United States and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals against Argentina on Saturday.
Julian Green pulled a goal back for the Americans in the 107th minute, but the U.S. couldn't muster another to send the match to a penalty shootout.