FIFA's leaders have flagged up a possible American bid for the 2026 World Cup after the "staggering" impact of the tournament in the United States.
The USA team departed from the World Cup on Tuesday after a thrilling extra-time defeat by Belgium in the first knock-out round, having won universal admiration for their approach.
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots admitted the closing stages of their win over the USA had been "scary" after Julian Green's late goal.
United States boss Jurgen Klinsmann paid tribute to Tim Howard's "phenomenal" performance as the Everton goalkeeper defied Belgium until extra time.
An outstanding performance from the United States, inspired by Tim Howard, could not prevent American hearts being broken as Belgium finally produced a performance to match their pre-World Cup billing.
"I believe that we will win" may be the American fans' chant of choice as they flock to Brazil to cheer on their country but the odds are stacked against the USA proving their supporters right when they tackle a Belgium side unbeaten in competitive games since 2011.