BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A heartbreaking loss for USA Soccer. The team was eliminated from the World Cup in a drama-filled match that went into overtime. All of Maryland was glued to the game.
Meghan McCorkell has reaction from fans.
It was a nail biter to the very end with no score at the end of 90 minutes. But the United States could not pull it out in extra time.
Ninety minutes weren’t enough to take down Team USA.
But in extra time, Belgium broke the hearts of a nation, scoring two goals.
The U.S. never gave up, getting one of its own. But it wasn’t enough.
From the Inner Harbor to Power Plant Live! and local watering holes, Baltimore believed until the bitter end.
“The U.S. always shines at the last moment and we shone in this game,” said Luis Mejia, soccer fan.
“Our players did good, but just not good enough. We’re a little bummed. But it was one heck of a ride,” said Kareem Davies, soccer fan.
“Anytime there’s something that brings the nation together that’s a good thing,” said Debbie Marsh, soccer fan.
Despite the loss, the U.S. World Cup run has sparked a surge of interest in the sport.
“I think the U.S. team has really ignited some soccer passion here,” Mejia said.
The World Cup is also a big score for downtown businesses.
It was standing room only at the Admiral’s Cup in Fells Point–one of many bars that have seen an uptick in sales from World Cup watchers.
“Business is up because so many people are coming in to restaurants and bars to watch and to celebrate together as well,” said Laurie Schwartz, Waterfront Partnership.
With the celebrating over, soccer fans are looking forward to four years from now.
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