United States Soccer Scores Late Magical Goal to Advance in World Cup
Somehow, someway the United States got the job done.
With Phoenix's own Robbie Findley suspended for piling up yellow cards, the US turned to other players to try to punch in a few goals.
And though they had numerous chances (and also had another goal taken away bad a terrible call), things looked bleak with time running down.
Enter Landon Donovan: the best player on the squad who came up huge in the biggest moment of his career. U.S. 1, Algeria 0.
The Americans are moving on to the round of 16 as the winner of Group C. Their next game is Saturday against an unknown opponent, whichever team finishes second in group D.
Until that next game, however, that national (and even global) focus of the soccer world will be on the Americans' grit, toughness, and heart.
As the minutes ticked away and the score still tied at zero, the U.S. showed composure and calmness that should be marveled at.
Despite Clint Demspey getting a goal taken away in the 21st minute, the Texan also hit the post and missed wide on an open net in the 57th minute.
The Americans missed one opportunity after another, and the nerves of fans mounted.
Finally, though, Donovan delivered in the 91st minute of stoppage time.
After goalie Tim Howard made an easy save on an Algerian header, he threw a rocket pass to Donovan at midfield and the counterattack was on.
With Donovan leading a 4-2 U.S. charge, he slipped a pass to Jozy Altidore who crossed it to Dempsey just yards away from the net. As Dempsey and Algerian goalkeeper Rais Bolihi collided, the ball popped lose to Donovan, who nailed home the winner.
Pandemonium. Screams of relief. Even tears, as Donovan was emotional in postgame interviews.
So, after a wild 94 minutes, the United States is moving on to the next round of the World Cup.
Everyone from the casual soccer fan to the die-hard American patriot should get behind this team as they continue on.
This is our team now.
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