U.S. Soccer captain Clint Dempsey, family reflect on loss to Belgium

Lance Dempsey, brother of Team USA captain Clint Dempsey (Source: KTRE staff)
Lance Dempsey, brother of Team USA captain Clint Dempsey (Source: KTRE staff)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The World Cup journey for the United States Men's Soccer team is over after a heartbreaking loss to Belgium.

The U.S. defied all the odds set against them in dramatic fashion just to make it to the round of 16, and that drama did not stop until the final whistle blew against Belgium.

Claiming the loss to be heartbreaking is an understatement for the U.S.

Tim Howard was a big hero in Tuesday's game after recording 16 saves, the most in a World Cup game in 50 years.

"He's just a consistent player, a world class goalie, and we rely heavily on him to be successful as a team. He came up big for us in this tournament," said Nacogdoches native Clint Dempsey in a post game interview with CNN.

Both teams had their fair share of chances, but the best chance to take the game looked to come from the U.S. right in front of the goal in stoppage time of the second half. However, Chris Wondolowski sailed it over the goal.

Belgium would eventually break the scoreless streak in the 92nd minute when De Bruyne placed the ball in the side netting of the American goal.

Belgium fired back with another goal in the 105th minute from Romelu Lukakut to make it a 2-0 game.

In true American fashion, the U.S. were not ready to give up just yet.

In the 106th minute, Michael Bradley lofted one into the box for Julian Green, who nailed the one touch volley making it 2-1.

Team Captain Dempsey had one last chance in the 114th minute from a free kick combination in the box, but it would be saved.

For the Dempsey family, it was emotional just watching from their couches back in East Texas.

"It's always an emotional roller coaster and we go through ups, the highest highs, and lowest lows throughout the tournament," said Clint's brother, Lance Dempsey. "That moment (in the 114th minute) I thought for sure Clint was going to burry it. The goalie made a game winning save."

The family whole Dempsey family believes Clint's World Cup run is one he should be proud of.

"He was sharp, I feel like he was definitely up to par, was a great role model, and great captain throughout the tournament," said Lance.

Even Clint's little niece back in Nacogdoches said she couldn't be more proud of her uncle.

"I thought that he did very well in the game, and all the boys did great," said Chloe Dempsey. "I'm happy."

"We fought hard and we left everything out on the field. I mean there's not much more. There's nothing to regret. We go home with a clear conscious knowing that we gave it our best and it was anybody's game to have today. We were just a little bit unlucky and it wasn't meant to be," said Clint in an interview with CNN.

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