MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Days after U.S.A.’s loss against Belgium took them out of the running in the World Cup, players for the team are headed home. Some of them are even stopping into South Florida for a homecoming party.
Fabian Johnson, Jozy Altidore, and Damarcus Beasley will be at the South Beach nightclub Story on Thursday night.
“It’s the world cup, some teams don’t even qualify for the world cup and they placed top 16,” said fan John Chiari. “We gotta represent USA all the way you can’t turn your back on usa, so we gotta support and were happy that they made it that far.”
The members stop comes just days after their last World Cup match on Tuesday.
South Florida native Alejandro Bedoya is also back home tweeting: “Wish I was still in Brazil but it’s also nice to land back home in Miami with family and friends!!”
Fans were both heartbroken and proud after U.S.A. was knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium.
“I think we played our hearts out. Honestly, I think we gave it our all,” said a disappointed fan Casey Ignizio.
Fans knew beating Belgium wouldn’t be easy, but they still had faith the U.S.A would ride out with momentum after advancing out of the group of death, exceeding all expectations and making it to the knockout round.
“Definitely gave it their all. You could tell at the end of the game they had very little left in their tank,” said fan Joe Tobolowsky. “I’m proud of them, you know what, in four years we’ll be with them again, go USA all the way take it all the way in Russia.”
Social media blew up with 9.1 million tweets during the match and more than 1.8 million mentions of Tim Howard. Belgium’s defeat of the US drove more than 200,000 tweets per minute.
The White House also took to twitter writing: “Very proud of US soccer. Well win it all sooner than the world thinks. #Believeit”
The US team tweeted to fans: “Thank you for your support, passion and pride the whole world cup. We stand together as #onenationoneteam.”
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