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When the United States was drawn into what many considered the group of death along with Germany, Ghana and Portugal in December, outside of U.S. Soccer, few believed they had any chance of making it to the knockout stages. The Yanks proved them all wrong, finishing in second place behind Germany to reach the round of 16. As the 2014 World Cup reaches its conclusion, we look back at the 10 biggest moments of Team USA's campaign.
Clint Dempsey releases eight years of American frustration after just 30 seconds of the Yanks' World Cup opener against Ghana -- the side that knocked the U.S. out of the 2006 and 2010 tournaments.
Jozy Altidore suffers a hamstring strain just 21 minutes into the Ghana match that would rule him out the rest of the tournament. Altidore's absence revealed the team's dearth of attacking options.
Few expected John Brooks to make the 23-man squad, but he did, and when called upon to replace the injured Matt Besler, he delivered a composed performance and scored the winner in the dying moments against Ghana.
Jermaine Jones delivers a wonder strike against Portugal some 60 minutes after the U.S. conceded a deflating early goal.
Silvestre Varela heads home a beautiful Cristiano Ronaldo cross in the fifth minute of added time, forcing a draw after the U.S. added a second following Jones' thunderbolt.
After a 1-0 defeat to Germany in the final group stage match, the U.S. survived the group of death and advanced to face Belgium in the round of 16.
Tim Howard records 15 saves against Belgium, the most since FIFA began recording statistics at the World Cup.
In the dying moments of normal time, Chris Wondolowski misses the target as a chance falls to him in the area. Had he converted, the U.S. would have gone on to face Argentina in the quarterfinals.
Just when it looked all over for the U.S., down 2-0, substitute Julian Green strikes a perfect volley to bring the U.S. to within one and sparking the Americans to life in a frenetic final few minutes.