Michael Bradley's (R) USA side fell short as Belgium sealed its ticket to the quarterfinal stage on Tuesday night.
melu Lukaku scored in extra-time to lead Belgium past the United States 2-1 in Salvador on Tuesday night. The result sets Belgium up with a quarterfinal against Argentina and not incidentally ushers the Americans out of the 2014 World Cup.
Julian Green scored a dramatic late goal for the United States that started a late flurry for the Yanks but it was not enough.
This was the second-straight exit in the Round of 16 for the USA, and it came in a tournament that has captured the attention of sports fans in the States as never before. 28,000 packed Chicago’s Soldier Field on Tuesday to watch the game on a JumboTron -- viewing parties were held coast to coast. The Americans were that classic story: A collection of underdogs that weren’t even supposed to make it this far. They were grist for the so-called “Group of Death,” cannon fodder for the likes of Ghana, Germany and Portugal.