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Tim Howard saves highlight video from record performance against Belgium

Tim Howard diveTim Howard was incredible in the US’ 2-1 loss to Belgium at the World Cup on Tuesday. The man tied a World Cup record by making 16 saves in the match. The last time a goalkeeper recorded 16 saves at the World Cup was in 1966. To put things in perspective, the previous high for a US keeper in a World Cup match was 9.

“I don’t think we could have given any more. We left it all out there. We got beat by a really good team,” Howard said in an interview with ESPN after the match.

Below is video of a few of his best saves from the match:

Asked about being under siege constantly throughout the match, Howard said, “that’s what I signed up for.”

Here’s a graphic showing where all the shots on goal were:

Clint Dempsey misses goal on great play in extra time (Video)

Clint DempseyThe United States’ best chance at scoring the equalizer against Belgium in extra time of their World Cup match Tuesday came on an excellent play on a free kick.

The US drew up a sick play on a free kick and had Jermaine Jones fake like he was going to touch the ball. Instead, Michael Bradley passed to Chris Wondolowski, who passed through Belgium’s defense to an open Clint Dempsey. Thibaut Courtois came out to cut down the angle and made a great stop on Dempsey’s attempt at the goal, and the US was unable to capitalize.

It was a great play and huge chance for the US, but they were unable to convert, keeping the score at 2-1.

Now Belgium will advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1986. They are unbeaten in their last 14 competitive matches.

Julian Green goal cut US deficit in half (Video)

The US appeared to have absolutely no chance after Belgium took a 2-0 lead in extra time on Tuesday, but Julian Green forced fans to return to their seats with an amazing goal in the 107th minute.

Green took a lob from Michael Bradley and volleyed it into the net, placing Belgium on their heels for the final 14 minutes of the match. Unfortunately, it was not enough as the US failed to capitalize on some fantastic chances down the stretch and were eliminated from the tournament.

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Green, who is only 19, should have a bright future with the US Men’s National Team.

Video via SB Nation Soccer

Wondo misses potential game-winning goal against Belgium (Video)

Chris Wondolowski missed a potential game-winning goal on what many felt was a gimme in the 92nd minute of the US’ World Cup match with Belgium on Tuesday.

The match was scoreless until extra time, and that was the US’s best chance to win. Had Wondo been able to net that goal, the US would have gone up 1-0 and time would have been called shortly thereafter.

This was the look on coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s face afterwards:

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There were questions about whether or not Wondo was offsides. He wasn’t:

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Jan Vertonghen pukes before start of extra time (Video)

How intense was the regulation period between the United States and Belgium on Tuesday? So intense that Belgian defenseman Jan Vertonghen threw up all over the field before the start of extra time.

It must have inspired his teammates, because Belgium went on to score in the 93rd minute and again in the 105th.

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DeAndre Yedlin replaces Fabian Johnson after injury

DeAndre-YedlinUS midfielder Fabian Johnson went down with an apparent hamstring injury in the first half against Belgium on Tuesday, and the man who replaced him does not have a whole lot of experience. His name is DeAndre Yedlin.

Yedlin, 20, is Clint Dempsey’s teammate with the Seattle Sounders. He has tremendous speed and is primarily a defender, having scored just one goal in his collegiate career at the University of Akron. He also has just one goal in 42 games with the Sounders.

Yedlin is considered a raw talent with tremendous potential. Last year, he became the first rookie since 2004 to be named to the MLS All-Star team. He came on as a substitute in the second half against Portugal and helped set up Clint Dempsey’s goal that put the US on top 2-1.

Johnson is one of the better offensive midfielders on the US roster and Yedlin primarily plays right back, so Jurgen Klinsmann will likely have to make some adjustments with Yedlin playing in place of Johnson. The 20-year-old is likely going to be on the US Men’s National Team for a long time, so now would be a great time for him to burst onto the scene.

Fabian Johnson suffers apparent hamstring injury

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US midfielder Fabian Johnson suffered what looked like a hamstring injury in the first half against Belgium on Tuesday. Johnson was trying to save a ball from going out of bounds when he came up a bit lame. He later went down grabbing the back of his leg and was removed from the game.

Johnson is one of the US’s better offensive midfielders. His speed is an important part of Team USA’s offensive approach. With Jozy Altidore viewed as an “emergency” substitute against Belgium, the US is working with a serious shortage of offensive talent.

Belgium dominated time of possession early on against the US, and you’d have to think losing Johnson would create even more issues. Johnson was replaced by the inexperienced 20-year-old DeAndre Yedlin.

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