23 June 2010

Vital Signs

It's been a stressful 10 days in South Africa for the U.S. men's soccer team. After narrowly pulling out a 1-1 draw against England and coming from behind to draw Slovenia 2-2 (a match in which the U.S. wrongly had a legitimate goal called back), the boys in red, white, and blue maintained enough composure to pull away with a goal in the 91st minute to win the match against Algeria today, 1-0.

Shockingly, the U.S. nearly faced a similar fate as their match with Slovenia when, in the first half, a goal by U.S. midfielder, Clint Dempsey, was called back on an offside call by a linesman. After many reviews by commentators, it was a unanimous agreement that the goal should have counted and the U.S. was robbed of yet another goal in this World Cup.

However, the win today sends the U.S. into the quarter finals at the top of the group. It'll be exciting to see if coach, Bob Bradley, can get the team over a line they've never crossed in history. This really is the best thing to happen every four years.


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