In the United States the sport of soccer seems to come up against some consistent road bumps on its journey to main stream popularity. However, if you’ve seen or attended any of the recent Major League Soccer matches, then you would probably agree it’s pretty easy to get hooked into the excitement that the players and more importantly their fans bring to each and every match.
This weekend FC Dallas surprised MLS fans by beating the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-0, sending superstar David Beckham and 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner Landon Donovan home for an early winter break. FC was led by midfielder David Ferreira as they have been all season. Ferreira scored in the 25th minute and that’s really all FC Dallas needed to clinch the Western Conference Title.
In the Eastern Conference, after upsetting the New York Red Bulls, the San Jose Earthquake took on the Colorado Rapids. The Rapids proved to be to tough on the defensive side for San Jose, shutting down their offense almost completely. Kosuke Kimura of Colorado scored just before the half in Saturday’s game to seal the victory for the Rapids.
The deciding match for the MLS Cup 2010 will take place Sunday evening on ESPN.
Anthony Wallace of FC Dallas elevates for a header wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.
Kyle Beckerman of Real Salt Lake wearing the Nike Tiempo Classic.
Geovanni of San Jose controls the ball wearing the adidas adiPure III.
Omar Cummings shoots wearing the PUMAV5.10.
Brandon McDonald defeated in the Nike Total 90 Laser III.
Landon Donovan in the Nike CTR360 Maestri leaps over Marvin Chavez in the adidas F50 adiZero.
David Beckham looking defeated in the adidas Predator X.
Kosuke Kimura of the Colorado Rapids celebrates the Eastern Conference tile.
One of the smallest players on the field, but with one of the biggest hearts, Landon Donovan’s determination to take the US Men’s National Team to the next round conquered all today. Donovan not only saved the United States’ world cup chances today, but he might have solidified his place at the top as the all time greatest US soccer player.
In the 91st minute of today’s match against Algeria, Donovan started a counter attack that had fellow Americans Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey on the attack. Landon took a quick pass from goalkeeper Tim Howard placed it nicely for Altidore who set up Dempsey, on the rebound Donovan put one in from about eight yards out to lead the US team to the second round.
“Clint made a good run in the middle, the ball fell to me … time kind of stopped,” Donovan said. “You can’t miss from there.”
Donovan’s goal not only moves the US into the second round, but gives them their first Group win since 1930.
The US team was persistent and attacking the entire match. Although the US finished with just a 1-0 victory, the score is deceiving. The US team once again had a goal called off, in the 21st minute Clint Dempsey was called for an offsides that took a point off the board. Dempsey and Altidore also put shot attempts off the goal post and crossbar earlier in the game as well.
The repeated near-goal attempts and called off goal had the US team on the edge of another disappointing World Cup showing, especially after England went up 1-0 in their match, which meant the US team had to score and had to win in order to move on to the second round.
For Donovan, the goal was his 44th in international play, which adds another to the record for most goals in US team history.
Landon will lead the US team’s relentless never quit attitude into the second round against the runner up from Group D.
Jozy Altidore in the adidas F50 adiZero.
Clint Dempsey after a missed opportunity in the Nike Superfly.
Landon Donovan celebrates in the Nike CTR 360.
Landon Donovan acknowledges the fans after the US Wins Group C in the World Cup.