U-S-A! U-S-A!

Posted: June 23, 2010 by amyaubrey in Soccer, USA, World Cup

Today was the last day of the group stage for the USA.  In order to move on we either needed to win or draw & England to lose or draw.  The games on the last day are played simultaneously so when England scored a goal against Slovenia, everybody knew what had to be done.  The US had a lot of chances & they looked like the much better team against Algeria but the goals were just not going in.  One did go in but it was called back because the refs said he was offsides (it didn’t appear that he was though.)  If we didn’t advance, it would most certainly be because of 2 VERY bad calls by the refs in this game & the last one.

The England game was finished & our game was entering extra time with the score still tied at zero.  Full time is 90 minutes & we were given 4 extra minutes (this is because of any time the game stops but the clock keeps going.)  It was do or die time; win or go home.  Landon Donovan got the break away & passed it to Jozy Altidore who went for the goal, which was deflected by the Algerian keeper.  Donovan was right there for the rebound & put it in to give the US the lead with less then 3 minutes to play.  It was like one of those Hollywood sports movies where the good guys come through in the end, except this was real life.  It was so dramatic & amazing that it might be exactly the kind of thing that makes the US love soccer as much as the rest of the world does.  We will next play the runner-up in Group D on Saturday at 2:30 so get on your red, white & blue & cheer on your country!

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