After a hard-fought battle, team USA has officially been eliminated from the FIFA World Cup. After losing 2-1 to Belgium on Tuesday, the U.S. will not advance to the round of 8. But even if it didn't lead to a title for the United States, it did lead to a great deal of pride.
"If I had a Belgian waffle on me I’d probably throw it on the floor right now, but you know," says Bret Thompson, of Clinton.
After crowding bars and endless chanting...the United States is officially eliminated from the World Cup.
“It was heart breaking you know. We had a lot of opportunities to win it but we just couldn't pull through,” Thompson says.
But for most, it wasn't a total loss. In a bracket nicknamed the “group of death,” America going this far was a complete surprise for most.
“They're the underdog, come on now. The USA only wins in the Olympics or basketball or whatever. But as far as soccer they're not expected to win,” says William Wil, of Utica.
But as resilient Americans do, we're pulling up our sleeves and getting to work because now it's time to look to the next world cup.
“Four years from now who know what will happen but hopefully we'll be here watching them right here at swifty's,” says Mark Ranieri, of Utica.
And American pride even ran deep in Brazil. Other than Brazilians, more Americans purchased more tickets than any other country in the World Cup.