Obama praises Team USA in phone calls
Obama called goalkeeper Tim Howard and team captain Clint Dempsey the day after the U.S. team came tantalizingly close to victory before being knocked out of the competition by Belgium in a 2-1 extra-time loss. Obama said this year was the first time the U.S. team had the entire nation truly focused on the contest.
Some 21 million people in the U.S. watched the Americans' loss on Tuesday.
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