3. Last-Minute Redemption
In our American prejudices when we see a score of 1-0 we typically assume that it wasn’t a very exciting game. But anyone who watched Team USA beat Algeria in the 2010 World Cup by that score couldn’t possibly say that the match was anything other than 90-plus minutes of pure excitement.
After some dramatic ups and downs in its first two games of group play, the U.S. was facing a win-or-go-home matchup against Algeria. The Americans had plenty of blown chances and bad luck, but no goals to show for controlling most of the action during the 90 minutes. That was until in stoppage time when with just a few ticks left on the team's World Cup appearance, Landon Donovan put in a rebound to give USA the game, the group title, and more respect on the world’s biggest stage. And, if only briefly, soccer fever had taken hold of America.