VIDEO: Barack Obama gripped by USA soccer fever

USA Supporters

Soccer fans across America watch their team knocked out of the World Cup after being handed a dramatic defeat by Belgium.

The USA's World Cup dream may be over, but the nation's interest in the beautiful game is stronger than ever.

The United States crashed out of the tournament on Tuesday in a dramatic extra-time 2-1 defeat by Belgium. Jurgen Klinsmann's men held the Red Devils at bay for the first 90 minutes, with goalkeeper Tim Howard putting in the performance of the tournament, but their resistance was broken twice in the added half an hour.

A stunning Julian Green volley gave the USA a chance late on, and they laid siege to the Belgian goal for the remainder of extra time but were unable to get the equaliser.

Back at home, both hardcore supporters and new fans alike watched on as the United States came so close to pulling off another surprise victory.

This team has captured the nation's attention, including that of President Barack Obama. He walked into a screening of the game for White House staff in Washington chanting "I believe that we can win" ahead of the clash.

Although the USA fans were eventually left disappointed as their side were knocked out of the competition, it is encouraging to see such support across the country for the national team.

Over 20,000 fans crammed into Soldier Field in Chicago to watch the game on the big screen, and there were similar turnouts at viewings elsewhere.

The United States have a young, athletic, exciting team who will only improve over the next few years. Veterans like Howard, Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley still form the core of the squad, but young talents such as Green, DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks are the future of the team.

Considering the growth of MLS - Kaka just joined the Orlando City while David Villa and Frank Lampard will play for New York City next season - and the support for the national team, there appears to be a bright future for football in the USA.

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