Four Lasting Memories of Team USA in the 2010 World Cup

Yes – I know the 2010 World Cup is not over, but with the USA knocked out, it’s time for me, at least, to wrap things up.

As disappointed as I was with the United States loss to Ghana in the round of 16, the World Cup has provided US Soccer and its fans with great memories and further expectations. 9 of the 23 rostered players will still be under 30 in Brazil in 2014, all except back-up goal tender Marcus Hahnemann will be 35 or younger. Tim Howard, the US starting goaltender and one of the best in the world, is 31 now, just entering the prime years for a goaltender.

The USA have now qualified for six straight World Cups, and have shown success in recent tournaments in CONCACAF, the governing soccer body of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The USA reached the finals of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the men’s championship, the finals of the 20U CONCACAF championship, and went 3-0 in the 17U preliminaries before swine flu canceled the knock-out round.

Grabbed from You Tube, I’ve posted four lasting memories for me of the USA in the 2010 World Cup. Not seen — any negatives. Sorry, but I don’t care to see images of the USA’s denied goal against Slovenia for the win or of the USA-Ghana game. Enjoy.

1.The “howler” by UK goaltender Robert Green, who never saw the pitch again after this game. Of all the videos posted, I liked this one the best.

2. The re-enactment of the USA-England game using legos. There’s one of USA-Ghana as well, but I’m not interested.

3. Andres Cantor’s radio call of Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria to put the USA into the knock out round. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!

For perfectly synced video with this audio call, visit Deadspin.

4. This fantastic video of the reaction across the USA when Donovan scored. Yes, it’s over 5 minutes, but I think it’s worth it.

See you in 2014 in Brazil!

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4 Responses to Four Lasting Memories of Team USA in the 2010 World Cup

  1. Vodka and Ground Beef says:

    As I was watching the brilliant lego reenactment of the goal scored by Dempsey, it brought tears to my eyes. The lego keeper seemed so defeated. You could see the raw emotion on his face. Dempsey was kind of looking hotter than normal too.

  2. Thanks for writing a positive post- we do have a lot of potential! Just one note though, the U.S.’s loss to Ghana came in the Round of 16. If they had won, then they would’ve reached the quarterfinals.

    • Andy Mayer says:

      Thanks for catching that. Hopeful wishes I guess. All fixed now.

      • I know how you feel. I really like your blog!

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