American soccer fans decked out in red, white and blue flocked to Freedom Plaza and The National Portrait Gallery atrium in Washington DC to see their team knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in a heart-breaking game.
Strong performances by the U.S. team in Brazil had ignited passions in a country not known for its love of soccer, and free viewing parties were held from coast to coast while fans crammed into sports bars and restaurants. The Belgians scored twice in extra time and looked to have the game put away when the Americans scored a late goal. But time ran out and the U.S. squad lost 2-1. Tuesday's winners Belgium now advance to face Argentina in the quarter-finals on Saturday.