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Posts Tagged ‘US Soccer’

This USA Fan Was A Hit

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Hot USA Fan

While the African winter might be robbing us of scantily-clad female World Cup fans, a few have trickled out here and there. The most “famous” being the Paraguayan fan who stored her cellphone in a conspicuous place. However, the United States has a contender as well. The lady leading this post was seen at today’s US/Algeria game, and one thing’s for sure, ESPN loves her.

No, I don’t know her name, but I’m not sure that’s even important.

When you add her to the joy of the Landon Donovan goal, and you’ve got a pretty damn successful day for the United States. Here’re a few more pics for you to enjoy:

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Landon Donovan Broke The Internet

Landon Donovan

Not only did Landon Donovan put himself in a position to be the leader of the free world, his extra-time World Cup-saving goal also caused such Internet traffic spikes, he single-handedly knocked Yahoo Sports off the air, Internet-wise, anyway.

Reaction to his goal also “fail-whale’d” Twitter, but that’s par for the course with that thing. The reason for these malfunctions? Traffic.

Lots and lots of traffic.

In the minutes following Landon Donovan’s game winning goal in the 91st minute of action (which sent the US to the round of 16), traffic spiked to 11.2 million visitors per minute, which moves the event past the 2008 presidential election as the 2nd highest traffic spike of all-time… The plethora of World Cup breaking news briefly knocked Yahoo Sports offline…

Who says Americans don’t like soccer/football/futbol? Just ask Jack, Evan and Biz about how Twitter handled all the excitement.

Landon Donovan For President!

Landon Donovan

By scoring perhaps the most dramatic goal in the history of US Soccer, Landon Donovan, with one touch of his right foot’s instep, secured the US’ World Cup advancement to the knock-out round of 16, vaulted his team to the top of Group C, all while preventing the setback of the US soccer movement by years, if not generations. Yes, Donovan’s game-winner was just that big. After 90-plus minutes of a nerve-racking 0-0 tie, the United States finally broke the seal. Once the goal was confirmed by the referee — not a sure thing by any means for the US so far — you could feel a sense of relief, mixed with exaltation.

Again, Donovan’s game-winner was just that big.

To quote the superior English soccer announcers, “brilliant.”

If the Presidential election was held today, Donovan would be a considerable opponent for any nominee, regardless of the political party they represented.

Captain America Is Alive and Well

Captain America

No, IF did not become the latest Marvel Comics blog — although, I like the sound of that — but when his death has been widely reported, these errors must be pointed out: Captain America is alive and apparently, he likes watching his soccer team play in the Gold Cup, b-team or not. Oh, and it looks like he turned his shield into a tuba.

Looks like the reports of his resurrection were quite accurate after all.

Santino Quaranta’s Brilliant Finish

The United States’ b-team was on display at last night’s Gold Cup match against Honduras, and while the understudy designation is an accurate one, that doesn’t take away from their 2-0 victory — especially when they broke through with such an exciting build up and finish. While it was Santino Quaranta’s strike that allowed the US to break the nil-nil tie, the passing of subs Benny Feilhaber and Charlie Davies made the goal possible. Further, if Bradley doesn’t sub those two first-teamers in, the US was looking directly at a goalless tie, if not an outright loss.

Continue reading about the US’ Gold Cup victory after the jump >>

The US Rips Spain

Apparently, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore got my message about nuking the Spanish team from orbit, because in what could be one of the more improbable victories in Team USA’s soccer history, the boys from the United States absolutely shocked the on-a-35-game-non-losing-streak Spanish by the score of 2-0. The lead video features Dempsey’s second goal which put the game out of reach.

Altidore’s is after the jump.

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Beating Spain (US Soccer)

Clint Dempsey

After scoring what was probably the most important goal of his international career, what can Clint Dempsey do for an encore against the Spanish national team, their unlikely opponent in about 20 minutes? Does the US stand a chance against the top-ranked team in FIFA? Quickly, if they can play with the same effort they showed against Egypt, the US will have a chance. However, if they provide the same showing they gave against the Brazilians — man down or not — Spain’s conquering will be reminiscent of the Incas.

Some tips for Team USA after the jump >>

Clint Dempsey’s Go-Ahead Goal

Well, that was… improbable. Nevertheless, after what might have been two of their worst international showings since the 1998 World Cup, the United State miraculously advanced to the knock-out round of the Confederations Cup after a stirring 3-0 victory over Egypt. As improved as the United States looked against Egypt, they would not have advanced without a little help from their soccer-playing friends from Brazil.

More on the US’ unlikely advance after the jump >>