The US had yet another dramatic game today (they don’t make anything easy, do they?), yet were able to pull out the victory to win Group C in the World Cup, setting up a date with Ghana on Saturday. The US peppered the Algerian goal with quality chances all game long, but through 90 minutes hadn’t put anything besides yet another disallowed-but-legitimate-goal in the back of the net. With England having already won their match, pushing the Americans down to third in the group, the US needed a miracle in stoppage time to advance to the knockout stage. Then, in the 91st minute, Landon Donovan cleaned up a rebound in front of the Algerian net, burying a shot to grab a dramatic 1 – 0 victory to move on the the final 16. It was indescribable – the biggest moment in recent, if not all time, US soccer history. Just an amazing game.
I’ll be down in Jersey with the girl this weekend, heading to Atlantic City for a 50 Cent show (seriously) and Sea Isle City to just get some shore time in. It’ll probably be my only chance to get to the beach this summer, and I’m really looking forward to the long weekend with Dayna. I most likely won’t be posting until next week, but I’ll be tweeting so follow me on Twitter @andrewensminger.
USA 1:0 Algeria
Wow. Just wow. What an incredible game, and the country really seems to be getting behind this team.
Slovenia 0:1 England
England draws Germany in what should be a good first elimination game.
Ghana 0:1 Germany
Germany pulls out the victory to win the group, and, more importantly, the US avoids a round of 16 match with them.
Australia 2:1 Serbia
Australia goes home with a win, but finish third in Group D on goal differential.