Even if you absolutely despise soccer, if you’re an American, Landon Donovan’s goal in the 91st minute had to make you feel something.
The United States was four minutes away from getting on a plane and returning home with their tails tucked between their legs. Not advancing from this year’s group stage would have been an absolute disaster for U.S. soccer.
But the Yanks found a way to get the win and send the U.S. into a frenzy. Now they are in the knockout round for the first time since 2002.
The Americans enter the Round of 16 against Ghana on Saturday.
Ghana is without a doubt one of the best African teams. Even without Chelsea star Michael Essien, Ghana was able to advance past the group stage for the second World Cup in a row.
Saturday’s match is going to be a dogfight. You either win, or you go home. Key matchups at each level will decide who plays in the next round.