Two draws and a victory are allowing the United States to advance to the next round of the FIFA World Cup 2010. The win came today when the Americans defeated Algeria by 1-0 with the only goal of the match being scored on injury time by Landon Donovan.
Now the USA is in the group of 16 teams that will play the next round of the cup, and what is most amazing is that they managed to advance within second from actually being eliminated, but thanks to Donovan they became leaders of Group C leaving England at second due to a one goal difference, and now will play the runners-up of Group D, which will be determined today.
For eighty years, Bert Patenaude was the only American soccer player to have come up with 4 goals at a World Cup, and now Landon Donovan has joined this select group of only two players to have achieved it, and the goal that allowed Donovan to be head t head with Patenaude came in the first minute of injury time when Algerian goalkeeper Rais Bolhi stopped a short shot from Clint Dempsey.
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If the goal hadn’t come for the USA in the match that took place at Loftus Versfeld Stadium (located in Pretoria), both them and Algeria (leaving the tournament without having scored a single goal) would had been eliminated and would have allowed Slovenia to classify.
Once the whistle announcing the end of the match was heard, all of the staff from the Americans jumped to the field in order to celebrate the late classification of their team, and so now the players from the United States can continue to dream with a trophy that, if acquired, would earn them a record $20 million dollar bonus.
Coach Bob Bradley certainly has to be quite proud of his team, as USA finished first in their group, and did not lost any match, which is sure to serve as an incentive for what is coming in the next round of the competition with a possible next rival in either Ghana or Germany.
Donovan played his first World Cup back in 2002 at Korea-Japan, when he scored 2 goals, then he lowered his level at the tournament from 2006 at Germany, and has returned to full form when his team needs him the most.
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