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9 Things U.S. Team Fans Will Miss After Their World Cup Exit

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Christian Raja (R), of Brooklyn, reacts at a missed attempt on goal by the United during overtime against Belgium in the World Cup (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Christian Raja (R), of Brooklyn, reacts at a missed attempt on goal by the United during overtime against Belgium in the World Cup (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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By Chris Kral

For U.S. soccer fans, the defeat was crushing. After a brilliant run in the ‘Group of Death’ and advancing to the Round of 16, the U.S. team was eliminated from the World Cup.

Belgium defeated the U.S. 2-1 in full time and deflated the American hype and furor around our new favorite sport-of-the-moment. Although we won’t see the USMNT contend for the title, good times and camaraderie were had by all.

Here’s 9 things U.S. fans will miss after their World Cup exit:

9. Viewing Parties – Soldier Field in Chicago

Fans watch overtime play at Soldier Field between Belgium and the USA. Organizers said 28,000 people attended the watch party at Soldier Field.  (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Fans watch overtime play at Soldier Field between Belgium and the USA. Organizers said 28,000 people attended the watch party at Soldier Field. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Because we love parties. #America

8. Jurgen Being Jurgen

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann of the United States (credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann of the United States (credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Need I say more?

7. Pitch Invaders

Pitch invader during a Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA (credit: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

Pitch invader during a Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA (credit: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

This guy…who pretended to be handicapped to get closer to the pitch.

6. USMNT’s official ‘excuse to miss work’ letter

Legit. This worked for everyone, right?

5. Character fans…Teddy Roosevelt?

USMNT fan in Brazil (credit: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

USMNT fan in Brazil (credit: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

A+ for creativity.

4. The hype #IBelieve

One Nation, united by a hashtag…

3. Optimism any time Clint Dempsey had the ball

US forward and captain Clint Dempsey (credit: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

US forward and captain Clint Dempsey (credit: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

In Dempsey We Trust.

2. Tim Howard

US goalkeeper Tim Howard (credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

US goalkeeper Tim Howard (credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s a video compilation of Tim Howard’s record 16 saves in the USA-Belgium match: :::Drops mic:::

1. Unity of a Nation

USA fans cheering during a watch party held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

USA fans cheering during a watch party held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Because everyone loves being around people rooting for the same team.

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