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GOAL!

In Random Rants on June 23, 2010 at 7:04 pm

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What could go down as one of the greatest games in United States soccer history, the Yanks are heading to the round of 16. All the Americans had to do is win and they would be through. It took more than just 90 minutes to accomplish this feat but with Landon Donovan’s goal in the 91st minute, the dream is still alive. A nation full of hope surrounding its locals bars and tvs’ to root on their country as this could change the view of soccer throughout the United States. An early exit could spell disaster for this U.S. squad as question will be asked about players and coaches. Also thousands and even millions of fans could lose hope in the sport they fell in love with the past three weeks.

A win is all that was needed but a tie could work if England and Slovenia tied. Against a squad that just previously tied England, the Americans knew this wasn’t going to be easy. The game started off like most U.S. matches and that was with an early chance for the opposing team to score. Luckily this time, the ball glanced off the top of the goal and all was saved. The United States had opportunity throughout the whole match to put one in the back of the net. Dempsey, Altidore, Gomez, Bradley, Buddle and Bornstein all had chances but couldn’t come through. Than when news came that England had gone up 1-0 on Slovenia, the pressure was really put on. Even a tie wouldn’t put the US through but a victory was needed. Coach Bob Bradley had to take a chance and just load up with strikers leaving the defense vunerable and the coverage wide open. Algeria made they march down the field in stoppage time where they had a great opporutnity to put on in but Tim Howard was in the right spot to stop it. Than just like that with Howard tossing the ball downfield, Landon Donovan took off with the ball. As he reached the box, he passed the ball off to Altidore where then he passed the ball in the middle to Dempsey. Dempsey shot blocked once again but the keeper couldn’t hold onto the ball and it  deflected back into the middle. Than Donovan comes racing through to put the ball back into the net and seal the victory for the Yanks. U.S. fans and supporters all over the world exploded into pandemonium as hugs, high five and cheering spread amongst the world. All the U.S. had to do was hold on. With about 2 min left in stoppage time, Algeria was showing frustrations as Antar Yahia was given a red card after a corner kick and than the celebrations commenced.

The United States has made it through and was waiting to see who their next foe would be from group D. Ghana and Germany were atop of the group and they both faced each other in the last match of their pool play. Also Australia and Serbia faced off and could have an impact if the right team won and enough goals were scored. At the end of the day though, Germany beat Ghana and took first but since Australia didn’t score enough goals over Serbia, Ghana came second. This relieving a lot of Americans as they avoid playing Germany and get to rematch against their 2006 nemesis Ghana. So the stage is set. June 26 at 1:30 PM CT, the United States vs Ghana will become the next biggest match in U.S. history. A win would be epic and could solidify soccer as a serious sport. A loss would but disappointing but soccer would still be alive. Whatever happens, the United States is now on the soccer map.

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