RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- It's all long faces but heads mostly held high for the legions of American fans in Brazil for the World Cup after the U.S. team bowed out against Belgium.

A fan reacts while watching the United States versus Belgium game in the World Cup. (Andrew Burton, Getty Images)

Upward of 20,000 people -- mostly Americans -- packed the golden sands of Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro in front of a giant TV screen for Tuesday night's game.

The crowd's mood grew ever more tense as the tightly played match wore on to a scoreless draw in regulation time.

American optimism deflated after Belgium scored two goals in extra time, but then the U.S. made a spirited comeback try that fell short to end at 2-1.

Twenty-eight-year-old Travis Rood of Seattle says this World Cup is "a turning point" because other nations are starting to respect the American side.

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