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U.S. falls to Belgium, Chicagoans react

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Soccer fans in Chicago were heartbroken Tuesday night after the U.S lost to Belgium in the World Cup.

Tens of thousands came out to the viewing party at Soldier Field. The U.S. team's final goal sparked hope among the soccer faithful, an estimated 28,000 strong. Mayor Rahm Emanuel even joined in on the action.

Fans hoped their team had just one more breath to stay alive in the game.

"Let's go USA, we've got time," fans screamed.

However, time just simply ran out for America's team.

"It's good to see that they came out and play their best, but they just couldn't come through," said fan, Steven Jackson.

Fans drank away their grief Tuesday at the Globe Pub on Irving Park Road. Some were already looking forward to the next World Cup, though.

"Grieving, mostly grieving when I think about the loss. 4 years we'll get back in Russia," said Jeff Michel.

Others said they plan to shift their allegiance to other teams now that the U.S. is out.

"I'm going to be rooting for Brazil, I like Brazil a lot. Neymar, he's the man," said Armon Vakili.

"Right now I'm going to start rooting for Columbia, so go Columbia," added Grace Soto.

True soccer fans were thrilled with the country's response of showing the soccer world that Americans really do love futbol.

"This World Cup gave a good example of what soccer is in the United States, it's only going to grow. We're only going to get better," said Andres Damian.

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