SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Close, gallant — but out.
The United States was eliminated by Belgium 2-1 in overtime in the second round of the World Cup, puncturing the soccer bubble that Americans had enjoyed for a couple of weeks.
Following a scoreless 90 minutes of regulation, Belgium scored two quick goals at the start of the 30-minute overtime. Julian Green got one back for the U.S. in the 107th minute of the match. Despite putting on late pressure, the U.S. failed to score the equalizer.
U.S. goalie Tim Howard was the reason the Americans even reached overtime, making several tough saves during the scoreless regulation.
The U.S. was trying to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002.
Belgium next plays Argentina, which beat Switzerland 1-0 in extra time. The lone goal was scored in the 118th minute.