World Cup 2014: Hollywood Reacts to USA's Heartbreaking Loss to Belgium
Team USA put up a brave effort against the Belgians, which ended in a 2-1 defeat that eliminated them from the World Cup and prompted stars such as Joel McHale, Jimmy Kimmel and even Bill Clinton to both lament the loss and praise goalkeeper Tim Howard.
After the both the U.S. and Belgium went scoreless during the regulation 90 minutes, the extra time of Tuesday's World Cup knockout match was all action in Brazil, but sadly there was no Hollywood ending for Jurgen Klinsmann's team, as they were eliminated with a 2-1 defeat.
First, Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne scored in the 93rd minute, which was quickly followed by teammate Romelu Lukaku, who drove a nail into the coffin of the Americans' dreams.
Just when we thought all was lost, USA's Julian Green gave the country a glimmer of hope with a goal in the 107th minute to take it to 2-1.
The man of the match for Team USA was undoubtedly Tim Howard, who had 16 saves in the do-or-die match, which is the most in a World Cup game since 1966.
The match not only gripped the nation, but also Hollywood, as stars were glued to their TV and posting their responses on Twitter to the nail-biter that ESPN commentators said "could have been penned by Steven Spielberg."
Jimmy Kimmel praised the U.S. team for actually getting him hooked on a new sport.
Mario Lopez, however, quickly lost all interest in the World Cup after the American defeat.
Great World Cup by USA. Played their hearts out... With USA, Mexico & Italy out of the Cup.. Tell me who wins in a few weeks #WorldCup2018— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) July 1, 2014
Joel McHale was inspired to make a drastic career change after watching the World Cup.
The Soup host also had some amusing fashion commentary for the Belgium team.
Who wears short shorts? pic.twitter.com/aWwPO1OUCM— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) July 1, 2014
Former president Bill Clinton was strong in his support of the U.S. even in defeat.
Rita Wilson had been glued to the match with her family, including her Oscar-winning husband, Tom Hanks, and her son, Fargo star Colin Hanks.
Tom confirmed they were watching too.
Oh yes. We are watching! US of A! Go! Hanx's. http://t.co/eYQOPgd1to— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) July 1, 2014
Lance Armstrong said even though he's not a soccer fan, he had to respect Howard.
I don't know anything about soccer other than @TimHowardGK is a bad mofo.— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) July 1, 2014
Arnold Schwarzenegger knows a strong performance when he sees on, and he marveled at the power of Howard.
British newscaster Piers Morgan hoped this U.S. run would inspire more soccer fans in America.
I hope this finally breaks (real) football in America. Never known these levels of excitement about it in the U.S.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 1, 2014
ESPN and Grantland's Men in Blazers voted Howard their new American superhero while staying loyal to their favorite sport.
Even in agony, We love FOOTBALL #USAUSAUSA— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) July 1, 2014
Ronan Farrow got political — and witty — with his commentary.
US facing elevated threat from highly coordinated foreign attackers bent on achieving anti-US goals. But enough about Belgium.— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) July 1, 2014
Meanwhile, Rihanna was proud of the guys' performance.
Great job #USA I'm proud of you boys! You put your heart in it!!!— Rihanna (@rihanna) July 1, 2014
Following the match, Ryan Seacrest tweeted that he was both "proud" and "heartbroken," but during it he was just 100 percent focused.
Me right now pic.twitter.com/xtphAC5XUI— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) July 1, 2014
Close friend Eva Longoria was just plain excited.