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Tampa father watches son score World Cup goal

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Jerry Green (right) watches his son Julian score the US team's one and only goal against Belgium Jerry Green (right) watches his son Julian score the US team's one and only goal against Belgium
United States' Julian Green, front, scores his side's first goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Belgium and the USA (Associated Press) United States' Julian Green, front, scores his side's first goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Belgium and the USA (Associated Press)
Belgium's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois can not stop a shot by United States' Julian Green (Associated Press) Belgium's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois can not stop a shot by United States' Julian Green (Associated Press)
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

106:17. It’s a number on the clock Jerry Green will never forget.

Watching Tuesday’s game was a bitter sweet moment for the Tampa father who had a little more riding on World Cup than the dozens of fans who surrounded him.

Green, father of soccer player Julian Green, sat in the front of The Press Box in Tampa, glued to every single moment of the round of 16 with Belgium.

"I know he's detected my excitement but he seems to be very even-keeled with it,” Jerry Green recalled about his conversation with his son the night before over text message. “'I said 'I hope we see you tonight. I hope we see you.”

About two hours later, Green came into the game, and within a minute or so, scored his team’s first and goal in extra time against Toby Alderweireld of Belgium.

"It was phenomenal. It was just absolutely phenomenal,” Jerry Green told WFLA. “It's just hard to believe. You're sitting here and you see that. It's like surreal when you see it happen but the pass was there and it was a great goal."

In the end, it wasn’t enough. Belgium advanced to the FIFA quarter finals, beating the US 2-1.

Jerry Green believes fatigue set in and the guys had “heavy legs,” as he put it.

“You can only make 3 substitutions,” Green said thinking about the game. “I think they were worn out honestly.”

Still, this Tampa father has a lot to remember about this game for more reasons than one.

“They played hard. They played very very hard,” Jerry Green said. “You can’t more than that from the guys. I’m proud of all of them. It’s a tough loss.”

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