The emotional rollercoaster that was the USA vs. Belgium game in the World Cup is hard to describe unless you were there watching it too. The ups and downs were so intense I was emotionally exhausted by the time it was over. Pretty sure I left marks whilst clutching my face during the intense back and forth. I’m sad that the team lost to Belgium but I have to try and look a the positives that came out of everything this World Cup.
First and most exciting for me is the fever about soccer (futbol) that is gripping the country. Soccer is here to stay and I love seeing that there are more fans now than there have ever been for the sport. I loved the costumes and the face paints and the ‘I believe’ chant. There was a lot of positive, hopeful feelings about our team which was really cool to see.
As sad as I am to see some of our current squad stars aging out we have a very promising crop of youngsters ready and eager to grow into their own. I look forward to the next World Cup in 2018 where our team will continue to keep doing better and go just that much farther.
The highlight performance of the match for me though was our goalie Tim Howard, who set a record of 16 saves throughout the game. The man was doing some serious work defending the goal from what could have been a serious route by the Belgians. Odds are Tim will be retiring from the international circuit now (he’s 35 I believe) and even though we lost it’s a hell of a send off for an amazing goalie and an incredible goal-keeping career. I’ll be sad to see him go.
The internet reacted in its typical fashion and some amazing memes and jokes were born.
“Tim Howard was money today,” @TheWorldCup.