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The Twitter Reaction to USA's Loss
NBCSports.com, July 2nd, 2014 12:23PM

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TAGS:  belgium, men's national team, world cup 2014

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The Twittersphere erupted during the USA’s 2-1 extra-time loss to Belgium in the World Cup round of 16 on Tuesday, as athletes, politicians and celebrities of every kind took to the social media site to salute the USA’s brave effort. NBC Sports rounded up the tweets. Some highlights:

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees: “Unbelievable game. I’m so proud to be an American! Our guys battled. Thanks #TeamUSA for such a great run.” Actor and pop singer Justin Timberlake: “HEART BREAKER. Proud of how our guys battled at the end. Tim Howard…WOW. #BeastMode #USMNT”

Indeed, Howard’s record-breaking performance (16 saves) inspired many a tweet—even Belgium captain Vincent Kompany was moved to salute the USA goalkeeper: “Two words…TIM HOWARD #Respect #BelUSA”

USA also had a surprise fan in Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney: “Have to admit I’m a USA fan today.”

And finally, US President Barack Obama expressed its pride, too: Very proud of @USSoccer. We’ll win it all sooner than the world thinks. #BelieveIt –bo”

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