Landon Donovan Saves USA with Vital Score

Robert HoffmanCorrespondent IJune 23, 2010

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 21:  Landon Donovan of US national football team speaks during a press conference at Irene Farm on June 21, 2010 in Irene near Pretoria, South Africa. The USA will play their next World Cup Group C match against Algeria at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, on Wednesday June, 23, 2010,  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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It was dire straits as dire gets. 

The Algerians were simply playing to keep the Americans out of the next round of the World Cup.  They tackled player after player and rarely went on the attack.

An apparent goal by Clint Dempsey was disallowed after he was controversially ruled offside.

Yet, at 91:49, on a breakaway by Jose Altidore, the American soccer dream lived on.

Altidore passed to Clint Dempsey whose shot rocketed off the Algerian goaltender and left to Landon Donovan. 

"Time just kind of stopped," said Donovan. 

It did for all except Donovan, who never hesitated in putting the ball into the right side of the net. 

About a minute later, the U.S. went from being knocked out of the World Cup to the winner of its group.  Final score 1-0.

A teary, but ecstatic Donovan declared, "We're not done yet.  We're alive baby!"