The “Comeback Kings” of the 2010 World Cup nearly kept their title today, but were eliminated in overtime in a 2-1 game against Ghana.
The Americans set up their reputation in group stage, with a late tie against England, a 3 goal comeback in the second half against Slovakia (although one goal was thrown out) and Landon Donovan’s now famous 90th minute goal on Algeria.
Today’s knockout round game started out with a goal by Ghana in the 5th minute, setting up the Americans for another game of catch-up. The US scored a goal in the second half and the game was forced into overtime.
Ghana scored their second goal in the first 15 minute block of overtime. The US was desperate but kept up the pace and had a lot of great opportunities at the goal but couldn’t sink it in. The game ended at 123 minutes. The USA says goodbye to the World Cup and Ghana advances to the final 8. As the only African team in the knockout rounds, the host nation must be looking to Ghana as the final hope to represent their continent, and today they delivered.
Americans should still be proud of the way the US performed, despite challenges stacked against them. We can hope the recognition will be high for US players and that America will keep their momentum for the next four years.
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Written by Crystal Rose
I have been behind the scenes for ProSportsBlogging.com and have been a part of the inner workings with Onvi Media (onvi.com). Since the World Cup, I have stepped out from backstage to become a blogger and write about sports I love to watch the most. I'm from L.A. and naturally support the USA in soccer, but I also favor England, France, Spain, Italy and Brazil. This year I'm also watching out for South Africa. I also like baseball and follow the Dodgers - GO BLUE!