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World Cup fever in Burlington

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In the world of sports, there's nothing more powerful, than the power of belief. On a hot day in Burlington, the story was the hottest team in town, as soccer fans packed City Hall Park to watch the stars and stripes take on Belgium in the knockout round of the World Cup.

"It's a nice cool spot in the city, Burlington native Bob Hoffman said. "Being surrounded by friends and soccer fans, how can you beat that?"

"It only comes once every four years," Mayor Miro Weinberger said. "It's great we can get together and.exciting to see how well the team has done."

While hundreds battled the sun, some took their passion inside the bars of church street to have their fun.

"It's amazing, Colchester native Anna Demasi said. "It's good to be home and share this moment with everyone, why not embrace it?"

For 120 thrilling minutes, fans of the U.S. And even a few from Belgium, were treated to a roller coaster of emotions.

"I've almost had three heart attacks and we still have another half to go," one U.S. soccer fan said.

"We're going to go hide," Belgium fan Marie-Helen Kremer said. "Actually, we're going to celebrate."

Despite a gutsy performance it would be heartbreak again for the Red, White & Blue. The Yanks were knocked out for the fifth time at this stage, with a 2-1 extra time loss to the Red Devils. 

"We had a chance to win in regulation and tie in extra time," Newport native Zach Tweed said. "It was a good run, no regrets."

"It was fantastic out here," Leann Vanderheyden. "It was great that the city could put this on and was an amazing experience, even though we lost."

So despite the loss. There's still plenty to be optimism including the turnout in downtown Burlington and across the U.S. Plus a young and talented team ready to make noise in 2018. Scott Fleishman has all your highlights and reaction coming up in sports. But for now at City Hall Park in Burlington, Dylan Scott, Channel 3 Sports.

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