postheadericon Landon Donovan: An American Hero

As the minutes ticked away, the chances for the U.S. World Cup squad to advance was getting more and more unlikely. In many fans minds, it was over even though we kept attacking. All I could think about was waiting another four years for them to get another chance to prove themselves to the soccer World. But there it was -the changing moment. Landon Donovan’s 90th minute goal is arguably one of the best moments in U.S. soccer history!

With a win vs. Algeria, the U.S. squad would advance. But with all the chances they had, nothing seemed to fall their way. They hit the post, they missed a few great opportunities, and they even had a goal overturned. This wasn’t the only time we saw a bad call make a difference for them. They had to keep on playing and that’s what they did.

As the British squad took an early lead in their game, it meant with a win England was through and the U.S. must win to advance. As each minute went by and each opportunity was missed, it looked less likely that the U.S. would advance. Even coach Bradley was quoted saying “maybe it’s not our night.”

The history making goal was incredible. It took them 12 seconds to build the play up and counter attack from end line to end line. If you didn’t see this goal, it’s a must see as it’s possibly the most dramatic goals in the U.S. soccer history. The U.S. soccer team has been playing as a National Team for 94 years and many are crediting Landon’s goal as the most dramatic in history.

It was the U.S. soccer legend, Landon Donovan. If anyone could have predicted who would score the game winner, all fingers would have been pointing his way. Landon goes down as possibly the greatest U.S. soccer player of all time. If you’re not sure about this, then check out the U.S.A.’s two biggest goals this World Cup.

With this incredible game winner by the U.S. team, it would put them in first place in their group stage. This means they avoid playing Germany in the 2nd round and will face Ghana. Although Ghana is very strong, they’re definitely no Germany. Not only did it mean we get the easier opponent, but finishing the group stage in 1st place is a first for the U.S. It’s a major accomplishment, especially with England in the group.

One thing you can count on with this U.S. squad is fight. This team doesn’t give up. They came back to tie it against England. They came back against Slovenia down 0-2 at halftime to tie it up and could have won if the ref made the right call. They also fought against Algeria until the final whistle and it sure paid off.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed against Ghana and hope that we can get through to the next round. The boys deserve it and it would make a huge impact on U.S. soccer.

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