Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Donovan's dramatic goal sends US to World Cup Knockout Stage

In a match that featured many missed opportunities, the United States finally capitalized when Landon Donovan scored in the 91st minute, giving the Americans a 1-0 victory and advancing them to the round of 16.

Just minutes before, it seemed as though the US would be eliminated thanks to their tie score and England's 1-0 lead over Slovenia. But just like that the Yanks went from elimination to winning Group C.

Clint Dempsey had several great scoring chances throughout the match but couldn't connect, and his goal in the 21st minute was called back due to a very questionable offside call. Had the United States not pulled out the miraculous victory, the bad officiating would have been the focus again, just as it was after the Americans' match against Slovenia last Friday.

All that matters now, though, is that the US team is still alive. England, whom the US played to a draw in their World Cup opener, also advanced to the Knockout Stage. The United States will play the Group D runner-up Saturday at 2:30pm ET.

(Hat tip to Mojo Hoops for the video)

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