Not So Fast ESPN! USA Has Some Final-Minute Magic
For all of those Americans who have described soccer as a boring, slow, and uneventful sport, Wednesday, June 23, 2010 may forever be known as the day that changed their minds.
Heading into today’s action, the USA found itself tied at two points apiece with England in Group C, two points behind leaders Slovenia, and one point ahead of last place Algeria. Simply put, each of the four teams had the opportunity to grab one of the coveted top two spots in the group, and advance to the round of sixteen.
With 90 minutes completed in both games (USA vs. Algeria and England vs. Slovenia, both of which started at the same time), the Americans found themselves in a nil-nil draw, and on the verge of being eliminated from the 2010 World Cup. Even ESPN had seemingly lost hope (see above image). And then this happened…
With the goal, and the win, the USA finished on top of Group C, ahead of second place England. They now await the runner-up in Group D with hopes that the Landon Donovan game-winning goal will not be the final chapter in this fairy-tale run.