The improbable happened today at about 11:45 am, Eastern Standard Time. The United States Soccer Team was about to be booted out of the World Cup in their game against Algeria, pretty much the toughest defensive team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa.
England had already won its World Cup soccer match against Slovenia and assured a spot in the next round of 16 teams. The England vs. Slovenia FIFA 2010 World Cup soccer match was played simultaneously with the USA-Algeria soccer match.
With the game in its 90th minute and a few seconds of stoppage time added on by the ref, the U.S. number one player, Landon Donovan scored the only goal on a rebound off the Algeria goal keeper, who himself had played a massive game, saving a barrage of incoming shots on goal by the Americans, blocking everyone of them except one, that one being the decided winner!
Not only did the United States soccer team win the match 1-0 over Algeria, but the Americans won their group, beating out the favored Brits and new-comer Slovenia and propelling themselves to the next round, of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
After that decisive goal, U.S. soccer fans in the stands went crazy, showing signs bearing the phrase “Yes, We Can,” one would think it was a political rally of Obama-mania, but no! It is the United States, once again, on top of not only the Soccer world, but the entire world, according to U.S. soccer fans in tears of joy, bearing down their cheeks, riddled with colors of the Stars and Stripe, plastered all over television sets, throughout the soccer worldwide.
When former U.S. President Bill Clinton seen in the South African World Cup stadium stands, standing up out of his seat, clapping and cheering frantically, everyone knew that something special was about to take place in U.S. soccer history. When was the last time a U.S. President showed up at a soccer game, much less a deciding World Cup match? The answer is, never!
Yes, we in the media can safely say that U.S. soccer has finally turned the corner in terms of world perception as a soccer power and a soccer nation for that matter, not just a basketball, baseball, or a U.S.-rule rugby one. No longer is the U.S. soccer team a pushover. It is now a force to be recon with!
The way the U.S. soccer team is playing in the 2010 South African FIFA World Cup, one would say the team has a good a chance has any other team to win it all. Yes! Win the World Cup!
Let us wait and see what is next in store for our dear beloved U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, of 2010. A FIFA World Cup Championship isn’t far-fetched. “Yes, We Can!”
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