In one of the more thrilling moments in recent sports history, Landon Donovan scored a rebound goal during extra time that made the difference in the Unite States soccer team's 1-0 victory against Algeria in the final match of group play in Group C at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. team had a number of great opportunities to score (they even had a goal called back because of a questionable offsides call), but by the time the game moved into its final minutes, it looked like the game was on its way to ending in a draw (and thus shutting down the team's ability to advance). But then the U.S. front line stormed the Algerian box and got on top of a rebound that Donovan put in the back of the net.
Not only did the United States win the game and earn the right to advance, but they also finished in first place in Group C. England defeated Slovenia 1-0 in the other final group match, which earned the Brits the other birth to the next round. The United States will now have to wait to see the results of the matches in Group D this afternoon, as whoever finishes in second place in the group will be the U.S. team's next opponent. (All the teams are still alive in Group D, which means that Germany, Ghana, Serbia and Australia are all potential match-ups.)
In the meantime, Donovan can celebrate being a hero to soccer fans across the country and enjoying the fact that he came through in the clutch when all the chips were down. On his blog, Donovan often cites Kings of Leon as one of his favorite bands. To celebrate his heroism, we hope he enjoys "Molly's Chambers."