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It took a little time to gather myself after an emotional, last-second 1-0 win by the United States over Algeria. Landon Donovan with the stoppage-time winner clinched a group win for the USMNT and set up what appears to be a favorable draw in the knockout round.
Here are my impressions, but sure to offer your own:
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How can you not be proud? A goal that was wrongly disallowed against Slovenia. Another goal called back on a bad call (offside against Dempsey) against Algeria. So many chances wasted and saved. The fighting spirit prevailed.
I’m not surprised it was Landon. That man is on a mission. You could just feel the emotions in his postgame interview. His goal is a moment we’ll never forget, and he has definitely made his mark in USMNT history.
That stoppage-time swing was crazy. Three minutes from being eliminated. One moment later the guys were in line for a group win. I still can’t believe it.
There were lots of heroes for the U.S. Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore and Jay DeMerit were all spectacular. The scoreline very well could’ve been 3-0.
The draw really opens up now. If Germany wins Group D as expected, the U.S. is looking at a possible match with Ghana-Serbia in the first round and then Uruguay-South Korea in the quarterfinals. Can’t help but look ahead…
The surprise moves worked OK. Not sure I agreed with Bob Bradley’s starting lineup, particularly Gomez and Bornstein. Obviously those guys didn’t hurt the U.S. too much, but I didn’t think they helped put the best product on the field.
The subs made up for it. Feilhaber, Buddle and Beasley all brought a boost in their inclusion. I thought Bradley got those right.
Exhale. The U.S. has certainly kept things interesting in all three group-stage games. The fallout is worth: group stage winners with no losses. How much farther can they go?
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Your turn, what stands out to you?