Despite 2-1 World Cup Loss, USA Fans Happy for Their Team

Fans in Boston turned out to cheer on Team USA in City Hall Plaza

Despite USA's 2-1 loss to Belgium in the World Cup, the party at Boston's City Hall Plaza wasn't demoralizing or depressing or dull; it was spirited, fun, even if a bit disappointing at the end

From Julian Green's foot into the back of the net, a current of electricity spread like a shockwave from Salvador, Brazil through City Hall Plaza in the 107th minute.

But it wasn't. enough.

The Belgians had their day, represented in City Hall Plaza by just a few among the thousands on hand to cheer on the red, white and blue. In the end, it was a steaming, sweaty, shadeless party that required no hanging of heads, no frowns, nor misdirected anger.

"This World Cup, we really really showed our country that we could fight," said U.S. soccer fan James Godwin.

Heartbreak, yes.

"The goalkeeper made so many saves. He couldn't save (the team), but he did what he could," fan Lenoir Sery said.

Heartache, too.

"Ugh, it's just so frustrating because they were so close," fan Taylor Flutie said.

However, the heartbreak and heartache was mixed with optimism for the future of the sport in the U.S.

"Although we did lose, four more years, the next four years, we got to have a lot more backing," said U.S. soccer fan Mackendy Mondesir.

And the future of fans who cheer with limitless passion, hoping to encourage the patriotic among them on this day to do the same, more than once every four years.

"I think it's good for soccer in America. Probably 10 years ago, this many people wouldn't have been out here. You can just tell how much it's come to grow in the country," said U.S. soccer fan Matt Pease.

The chants were tremendous for keeper Tim Howard and the American team, making it an incredible day - even ending the way it did.

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