Today marks a historical day in United States soccer history. When Landon Donovan knocked home the game winning goal in the 91st minute of today’s United States vs. Algeria World Cup match, it marked the first time that the United States had won its Preliminary Group since 1930. With the victory, the United States has secured its position in the Round of 16 and will play it’s next match on Saturday, June 26th against Ghana, who finished second in Group D after losing to Germany earlier today.
With it’s match against Ghana, the United States has a chance to not only advance to the Quarter Finals, but to also beat the same team that prevented it from advancing to the Round of 16 in the ’06 World Cup. In 2006, in it’s 3rd and final match of the World Cup, the United States could have finished second in it’s group with a win over Ghana and therefore advance out of the preliminary round, however Ghana proved to be too much for the Americans and lost by a score of 2-1. Hopefully the sting of that loss still resonates with some of the U.S. players and the United States can use that as motivation to continue its pursuit for the most coveted championship trophy in all of sports.
Congrats to the United States Soccer Team!