The U.S. lost to Belgium Tuesday 2-1 in the knockout round in an exciting game -- all the goals were scored in extra time. The loss eliminated the team from the World Cup but Obama wanted to call to share his appreciation and congratulations on their success.
"I just wanted to call and say you guys did us proud," said Obama. "As somebody whose first sport was soccer -- although I was never that good -- to see the way you guys captured the hearts and the imaginations of the whole country is unbelievable."
"Tim, you know, I don't know how you're going to survive the mobs when you come back home, man. You're going to have to shave your beard so they don't know who you are," he joked.
Obama said he hopes to see them at the White House soon and wished them safe travels home.
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