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Celebrating Donovan’s goal around the world

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The festive scenes inside Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa after Landon Donovan's game-winning goal for the USA against Algeria on Wednesday won't soon be forgotten, but as someone who was in the stadium, it was easy to forget that millions around the world were watching and celebrating that same goal.

Words can't do justice to the joy felt by American soccer fans all over the United States, and around the world, but this video does a great job of capturing the moment.


How did you celebrate Donovan's goal? Where were you when he scored?

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  1. Oh and to add, a friend of mine said he was on his layover at DFW and that the whole airport exploded in joy. He said he had never seen so many “gringos” scream goal in his life, people running around like chickens with their heads cut off hugging, crying, chanting “U-S-A”. He was like wow, “United States, welcome to the WORLD CUP!” I’m currently in Colombia to give a lecture and it happens to be at the same time as the Ghana game. I pray to God that we win so I get to see my boys play again. I’ll be wearing my jersey during my lecture, no matter what happens, U-S-A!!! One more curious thing, no one is taking us seriously, all the coverage on ESPN down here is about Argentina and all the other teams, nothing on the United States, I think it’s funny. All I know is that they’re afraid of the “sleeping giant”. Beware the SLEEPING GIANT world, I know that you’re afraid and loathe the day that the United States lifts the trophy you all love so much. Guess what, we love it too, we want it just as bad.

  2. June 23, 2010 – The day I finally felt that our country cared. Hell the run up had been amazing, the controversial call with Slovenia had been a blessing in disguise. Seeing all the celebs on Twitter bitching about blown calls and pushing our team to win. So as the game went along and the goals weren’t coming, I was dejected, I looked down at my jersey and wondered if the 110 dollars spent to buy it and customize it was worth it or if spending 140 dollars at Nike ID to get the US Soccer Nike Blazers were worth it. I wondered if this is how it ended, if my constant preaching about US Soccer to all my friends was just a waste of time. How many more chances on goal would “Todd Bridges (Algerian keeper)” keep stopping. I was at the office in my cubicle, on my knees praying. Then I saw stoppage time begin and all of a sudden I see Timmy launch a hail mary, that’s what it was, and seeing our boys just tear down the back line and Landon, oh Landon, just blast it in. I thought I was dreaming, at an instant I screamed as loud as I’ve ever screamed. My office erupted, I work for MTV Latin America and our company president came running and saw me in tears, she was laughing and cheering, people were hugging. I hurt my hand because I punched my desk and file cabinet so hard out of joy. I shall never forget that moment. Everything from here on out is just a bonus. I begin to think about Project 2010 and the money Nike and US Soccer invested in our boys to put us in a position to win a World Cup by 2010 and I get goosebumps, could this be it? Let’s just go one game at a time, I hope it’s all the way to the end. I love US Soccer and always will. Thank you ESPN for really embracing the game and making new fans every day with your coverage and thank you Yanks for giving America something to smile about with all the b.s. going on in our country. For the USA, let’s use that Nike motto…JUST DO IT.

  3. I DID put my hand through the ceiling fan when I thought Edu had scored against Slovenia, haha. When Donovan scored I was prepared though and jumped for joy, but kept my arms down.

  4. Hey Chris,

    Thanks for the headsup on that… I love Cantor. I don’t know why he signed with Telemundo for five years. He probably figured Telemundo would be a lock for the 2006 WC AND the 2010… He is the premier announcer of footie in the world, in my humble opinion…

    That call was AMAZING. Did you hear his passion? Did you feel his tears as he let that call RIP? I’m still drying my eyes AGAIN, and its the middle of the CHile/Spain game!

  5. Memorable goal… At high school graduation practice outside on the field, many of us listened to radios the whole time following the game live. The practice was just finishing up and some teachers were still giving directions when a couple others and I stand up and scream at the top of our lungs! All the guys are jumping out of their seats as a usa chant breaks out – while the girls side is annoyed and just wants to go home :p

    Never gonna forget that day… Oh yea, i graduated too! lol

  6. My husband and I started out watching the game together at home in Greenville, SC. I luckily work for a Belgian company that embraces soccer so it was easy for me to take off to watch the game. It was downright despressing at the 90th minute. My husband left to run errands and I was left talking to myself that this can’t be how it all ends. I have never gone from devastated to elated in such a short time !!!!!!! I jumped up and down and screamed YESSSS, Landon, USA in no particular order while crying !!!!! I thought of the AT&T commercial that asks how long does it take to change a “nation”. Just one second and it was the most exciting moment EVER !!!!! I immediately called my husband and everyone I know to tell them the US had come back from the dead again. Watching the video brought back tears. There are definitely going to be new fans of the beautiful game ! GO USA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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