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Top 20 World Cup moments: Donovan’s late, late winner vs. Algeria – No. 13

May 30, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT


As we continue our countdown to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil here at PST, each day from now until the tournament begins we will look back at a memorable moment from years gone by. 

Here is number 13. 

PST’s Top 20 World Cup moments – No. 13. Donovan scores last-gasp goal to send U.S. through to last 16

It is a moment that is etched into the minds of an entire generation of soccer fans in the USA.

During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the U.S. were seconds away from bowing out in the group stage as they were locked in a 0-0 tie with Algeria. The USMNT were carving out golden opportunities and absolutely battered their African opponents but just couldn’t find a way through.

Bob Bradley’s men looked to have come up short and would agonizingly be knocked out of the World Cup as Clint Dempsey smashed the inside of the post and had a goal chalked out for being offside. Nothing was going right. Hold your horses. Relax yourself. This is where it got real.

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Algeria launched an attack in stoppage time as a goal would’ve given them a chance of going through but in the 92nd minute Tim Howard caught the ball and threw it out to start an U.S. attack. Landon Donovan latched onto it, ran at the Algerian defense and slotted in Jozy Altidore who knocked a ball into the box towards Dempsey but he was tackled. However the loose ball broke straight to an onrushing Donovan who slotted the ball home and sent an entire nation wild.

Cue scenes of pandemonium on the sidelines as Donovan was mobbed by his teammates. His last-gasp goal had sealed a spot in the last 16 for the USA and it instantly became one of the signature moments in U.S. soccer history.

Enjoy watching the replay of that memorable moment in the video above. No matter who you support, it’s sure to send shivers down your spine.

  1. twerkslikeMiley - May 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    This to me is the # 1 goal scored in US history. Granted, I don’t know nearly as much as I should know about earlier US soccer (88-98ish) this one of the most exciting and one of the most important American sport triumphs.

  2. kans0002 - May 30, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    I will never, ever forget where I was while watching this game. Not sure if this really is the 13th greatest moment in the entire history of the World Cup, but it has to be a top moment for sure in USMNT history.

    • twerkslikeMiley - May 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      I was sitting at my desk at work, watching on an illegal stream. I literally jumped 5 feet in the air almost over the cubicles. Sort of did a quick lap around the office, first pumping the whole way.

      I will never ever forget this goal. I will never forget the feeling I had, complete and utter euphoria. Still gives me chills now.

  3. reformed2012 - May 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    I have to say Klinsmann is very smart. The last thing you want to see is to have Donovan score goals like this against your own native country in the last round of the group matches.

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