Goalie Tim Howard tried valiantly to hoist all of Team USA on his back and win the round of 16 game against Belgium, but his 16 saves (the most in a World Cup match since 1966) were just not enough and the U.S. fell 2-1.

He tells “Today” that the team was “heartbroken” at the loss.

“Thirty-one teams go home heartbroken. Our journey ended just a little too soon,” says Howard. “We felt like we played well yesterday. I don’t think the guys could’ve given any more after 120 minutes. We gave everything we had, and to be honest, we’re proud of that. … I think we gave as good as we got.”

Howard adds that he thinks the World Cup will just continue to help soccer become more popular in the States.

“The numbers are staggering. Not only the television numbers, which are obvious, but in the parks and the bars and everywhere in between. It was incredible to see,” says Howard. “We were motivated by that and inspired by that. We saw all the videos and the highlights of our fans, and it was special to be a part of that. They felt like they were part of it here, and we felt like we were part of it back home.”

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