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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Landon Donovan's Goal in Stoppage Time Advances USA Out of Group C

By Will Brinson


Landon Donovan's goal in extra time is going to go down as one of the best American sports moments in history. Add in the stakes at hand -- World Cup advancement, America's previous (0-6-0) failures in games like this, the poor refereeing earlier in the match and the even poorer refereeing the match before -- and there's no question how important that follow-up by Donovan will go down in history.

For those that were unfortunate enough to miss it, here's the setup: USA is tied 0-0 and will not advance without scoring (England was already in extra time, essentially having won), but space opens up on a USA break, and madness ensues with the ball bouncing back towards the goalline before Donovan magically comes streaking forward to punch the ball in and give USA the 1-0 lead.

Watch the video. Hundreds of times if you want, or just once: odds are you'll be seeing it replayed for a long, long time anyway.