Updated: 07/01/2014 6:07 PM
Created: 07/01/2014 6:03 PM WDIO.com
By: RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer
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.
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Funeral Set for Slain Minnesota Police Officer, Duluth Officers to Attend
A funeral will be held next week for slain Mendota Heights police Officer Scott Patrick. Services for Patrick will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in West St. Paul. Visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday from 2-8 p.m.
Complaint: Fitch Told Officer, 'I Hate Cops and I'm Guilty'
The man charged with killing a Mendota Heights police officer and attempting to kill other officers was shot eight times by police and is due to undergo abdominal surgery.
Duluth Police Seek Tips to Find Missing Woman
The Duluth Police Department is seeking tips from the public to locate a woman who has been missing for more than a week. Kathryn Mary McQuillen, 60, was last seen at Lakeside Manor, 4831 London Road.
Duluth Couples Celebrate Gay Marriage Anniversary
Friday marked one year of same-sex marriage being legalized in Minnesota, and many Duluth couples say it's reason for celebration.
Community Rallies for a Fundraiser to Fight Cancer
When a family member is diagnosed with cancer, it can often be an emotional roller coaster, and on top of that comes the financial challenges. To ease that, members of the Duluth community have rallied together to raise money for Merissa Edwards and her fight against Leukemia.