World Cup 2010: In Heart-Stopping Fashion, Landon Donovan Scores Game Winner

Tyler JuranovichCorrespondent IIIJune 23, 2010

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 23:  Landon Donovan of the United States scoring the winning goal that sends the USA through to the second round during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between USA and Algeria at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on June 23, 2010 in Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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A second can change everything. 

You could not invent a more dramatic ending for the USA-Algeria game.

A 91st min goal by, no other than Landon Donovan, sent the USA into the quarters while also making every American fan the happiest person on Earth. 

With England up 1-0 against Slovenia, every minute that ticked by with the USA and Algeria tied meant doom and a very uneasy exit from the World Cup for the Americans. 

Chances were a plenty for the US, but the ball would not go into the net.

Close call after close call, and another disallowed goal by a non-existent offside could've put the US in the wrong situation. 

One man, Landon Donovan, had other plans.

Donovan scored on a rebound, in what can be called the biggest World Cup goal that an American player has ever scored. It came off an Jose Altidore pass, and after a Clint Dempsey miss left the ball in an open field. 

The ball was just sitting there.

Once I saw Donovan running towards it, I, and I am sure every American fan screamed, PUT THE DAMN BALL IN THE NET!! 

After Donovan put his foot on the ball, and the ball finally went into the back of the net, a triumphant roar erupted over the American fans, including myself. 

It's a happy day for the United States and their soccer team because after many scares, they are finally advancing to the elimination stage of the World Cup. 

To quote Donovan: "We're still alive."

Yes, they sure are.