I wrote an article about this a few months ago, but it got deleted by WordPress. So it’s only fitting that I re-blog this for the 10th anniversary of the greatest moment in USMNT history. You know it, you love it, and you remember where you were when it happened. I’m talking about Landon Donovan’s 2010 World Cup goal against Algeria.
One of the best calls in sports by Ian Darke. Inject that call into my veins. Add the vuvuzelas to the mix and we have something that Mozart and Beethoven couldn’t have created in their wildest dreams. Darke described his call as “being lost in the noise” because of the emotion and pure electricity that Donovan’s goal created. His ESPN bosses said it captured the imagination of the American public, possibly like no other moment in the history of the game.
It’s a shame we haven’t had another memory like that in USMNT history since 2010. The 2014 World Cup was a bit underwhelming, and the atrocity of not making the 2018 World Cup has been a black-eye for American soccer. Maybe next World Cup we’ll have one of the young phenoms score a goal that inspires a new generation of American soccer players. But until then, we wait, and admire the only meaningful American soccer goal in the last decade.