On Tuesday afternoon, the United States men’s national soccer team took on Belgium in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvadaor.
Despite a valiant effort from the United States team, Belgium was able to keep on the pressure throughout extra time and score two goals that punched their ticket to the quarterfinals where they will meet Lionel Messi and Argentina.
It was a brilliant game between the USA and Belgium, which say U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard put on the performance of a lifetime as he blocked a World Cup single-game record 16 saves.
Ultimately, it was not enough for the Yanks, however, and their World Cup run was forced to an end.
Throughout the World Cup, there has been plenty of interest throughout the country with a number of viewing parties. Still, people want to pretend soccer is not growing.
For those people, all they will need to do is look at the overnight rating for the United States-Belgium game, which was the most-watched World Cup game in history.
ESPN overnight rating on USA/Belgium was a 9.6. Best ever for a World Cup.
— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) July 2, 2014
It is safe to say that people are starting to care about soccer.
Be sure to stay tuned to FanSided.com throughout the duration of the tournament for the latest news and results from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.