United States midfielder Landon Donovan, front left, celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal with teammates Clint Dempsey, back left, and Edson Buddle, front right, during the World Cup Group C soccer match between the United States and Algeria on Wednesday in Pretoria, South Africa.
The best word to describe Landon Donovan’s game-winning goal against Algeria just half an hour ago was, in a word, epic. If you were following my Twitter, you know that in about the 87th minute, I pretty much wrote off the U.S. and their World Cup appearance as not so much a failure, but a supreme letdown. They were only minutes away from exiting the World Cup with 0 wins, 0 losses, 3 ties, 2 disallowed good goals and a second straight group play exit.
And then, out of the woodwork, came Donovan.
Call it karma, call it divine intervention, call it whatever you want. All we know is that the best soccer player in U.S. history came up with the biggest goal of his career in what could become known as one of the biggest goals in World Cup history. It was simply unreal. For those of you who didn’t have the fortune to see it, I’ll post a video for your enjoyment whenever somebody on YouTube decides to take care of it.
Now, the Americans advance to the Round of 16 as Group C champions, the first time they’ve done so since the first World Cup in 1930. They’ll take on the Group D runner-up (either Germany, Ghana or Serbia, that gets decided this afternoon) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The game will more than likely be on ABC. Be there or be square.