By Chris Kral

For U.S. soccer fans, the defeat was crushing. After a brilliant run in the ‘Group of Death’ and advancing to the Round of 16, the U.S. team was eliminated from the World Cup.

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Belgium defeated the U.S. 2-1 in full time and deflated the American hype and furor around our new favorite sport-of-the-moment. Although we won’t see the USMNT contend for the title, good times and camaraderie were had by all.

Here’s 9 things U.S. fans will miss after their World Cup exit:

9. Viewing Parties – Soldier Field in Chicago

Fans watch overtime play at Soldier Field between Belgium and the USA. Organizers said 28,000 people attended the watch party at Soldier Field.  (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Fans watch overtime play at Soldier Field between Belgium and the USA. Organizers said 28,000 people attended the watch party at Soldier Field. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Because we love parties. #America

8. Jurgen Being Jurgen

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann of the United States (credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann of the United States (credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Need I say more?

7. Pitch Invaders

Pitch invader during a Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA (credit: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

Pitch invader during a Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA (credit: FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

This guy…who pretended to be handicapped to get closer to the pitch.

6. USMNT’s official ‘excuse to miss work’ letter

Legit. This worked for everyone, right?

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5. Character fans…Teddy Roosevelt?

USMNT fan in Brazil (credit: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

USMNT fan in Brazil (credit: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

A+ for creativity.

4. The hype #IBelieve

One Nation, united by a hashtag…

3. Optimism any time Clint Dempsey had the ball

US forward and captain Clint Dempsey (credit: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

US forward and captain Clint Dempsey (credit: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

In Dempsey We Trust.

2. Tim Howard

US goalkeeper Tim Howard (credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

US goalkeeper Tim Howard (credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s a video compilation of Tim Howard’s record 16 saves in the USA-Belgium match: :::Drops mic:::

1. Unity of a Nation

USA fans cheering during a watch party held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

USA fans cheering during a watch party held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Because everyone loves being around people rooting for the same team.

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