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The USA Advances To The Round Of 16 In The 2010 FIFA World Cup Tournament In South Africa

Submitted by on June 23, 2010 – 9:32 am5 Comments

When was the last time the U.S. soccer team advanced to the round of 16 in the FIFA World Cup Soccer tournament?

Today, the U.S. beat Algeria in one of the more enthralling games of this series. Algeria and the U.S. were tied at zero after regular time, and three minutes of stoppage time was added. And in that beautiful space between minutes 91 and 92, the U.S. dramatically scored the one and only goal of the game. The goal was a seamless collaboration between three stars of U.S. soccer’s past, present and future: forward Jozy Altidore and midfielders Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey.

This doesn’t take away from the tragedy of that missed call in the USA/Slovenia game last week when World Cup referee Koman Coulibaly made a phantom call on a non-infraction, resulting in a draw. But with the U.S. advance, the focus is now back on the tournament, leaving us little time to wallow in the would-have-been/ should-have-been of Coulibaly’s incorrect call. Word on the streets: Coulibaly has been deleted from the roster of match officials for the next World Cup.

This is the first World Cup victory for the U.S. team in eight years, and the first time the U.S. has won its group since 1930. Here’s looking forward to the U.S. building on their legacy when they play against the runner-up from Group D, Ghana,  this Saturday, June 26.

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