Salvador, Brazil: It felt as if Tim Howard would never go down. As if the United States would never go down, standing there, taking shots like an undersized fighter clinging to a puncher's chance. Howard saved with his hands, his feet, his legs, his chest.
Trying to figure out where soccer fits into the fabric of America is a popular topic these days but, on Tuesday, sports fans across the country were inspired by the performance of a soccer goalkeeper. In a loss.
The ending was cruel, but then so is the game. The United States' captivating run in the World Cup ended here, on the coast of Brazil, as Belgium beat the Americans, 2-1 after extra time, to eliminate the U.S. A win would have sent the Americans to a mouth-watering quarterfinal against Lionel Messi and Argentina on Saturday; this loss, instead, sent them home. (Highlights)