(CNN) - Only 16 more years to go.
That's how long the White House predicted it would take for the U.S. Men's National Soccer team to bring home a major victory, like the World Cup.
"It is not too hard to imagine that maybe in 2030, for example, there might be a U.S. Men's National Soccer team that comes to the White House to celebrate an achievement of some kind," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday.
President Barack Obama and his administration applauded efforts by the U.S. team in Brazil after Belgium finally ended United States' World Cup dream with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.
Earnest added: "I suspect that when you are talking to those players they may harken back to being eight or ten or 12 years old and having watched the 2014 men's national team and that they'll remember the performance of people like Tim Howard, and Julian Green and Omar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi – that these players who performed so well this year served as an inspiration to the next generation of American soccer players."
CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.