Goalkeeper reflects on World Cup exit after super show.
Tim Howard admitted he was left heartbroken after America's World Cup dream was undone by Belgium on Tuesday evening.
The two nations contested the final Round of 16 clash for the right to face Argentina in the quarter-finals.
En route to overcoming Portugal and Ghana to qualify from Group G, Jurgen Klinsmann's side had shown passion, ability and belief they could go even further in Brazil.
And that hope was still alive thanks to a stunning Howard performance that included 16 saves - a World Cup finals best since records began in 1966.
Former Everton loanee Romelu Lukaku emerged from the bench at the start of extra time to score one and make one in an eventual 2-1 win for the Red Devils.
And though an exhilarating 120 minutes of football ended in tournament exit for the United States, the hurting Howard was left proud of his nation's exploits.
"It's heartbreaking - I don't think we could have given any more," he said. "We left it all out there. We got beaten by a really good team. They took their chances well. It's heartache, it hurts.
"But hats off to Belgium, they were fantastic. They brought big Rom on and he was a handful, he ran at us, scored a goal, created chances for other guys. Big Rom changed the game."
Howard's heroics were a hot topic of discussion both during and after the game - and US boss Klinsmann was just one of many to heap praise on the 35-year-old.
He said: "How Tim played tonight was just phenomenal, outstanding - he kept us in that game for a long time. We are proud to have him with us.
"It was an absolutely amazing match tonight and you can give him the biggest compliment in the world."
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