World Cup: The Incredible Comeback Stopped

World Cup: The Incredible Comeback Stopped

words_Nick Engvall

It was an incredible comeback for the US Men’s National Team, but a disallowed goal with just eight minutes to go in the match put an end to the momentum of the United States in what was easily one of the most exciting matches of the 2010 World Cup so far.

Slovenia, the smallest nation in the 2010 World Cup, came out and attacked early, scoring a goal just 13 minutes into the match. By the end of the first half they had added another, and it was looking grim for the US as they headed to the locker room at half time.

The US has never won a World Cup match in which they trailed, and down two goals, things were not looking good. However Landon Donovan wasn’t going to let the statistics determine today’s outcome. Donovan slipped past defenders and placed one just above the goalkeeper’s head a few minutes into the second half.

Donovan led the charge again with a blast into the midfield to Jozy Altidore who headed the ball to Michael Bradley who put one in the back of the net to even the score in the 82nd minute.

The American’s had taken charge of the game. Then in the 85th minute, a free kick from Donovan found Maurice Edu who put one in to the corner past the Slovenian goalkeeper. The US had done it, finally comeback from a deficit. Or so it seemed.

Like having the rug pulled out from under them, the US goal was disallowed. A foul was called by Koman Couilibaly who is refereeing in his first World Cup. On whom is still unknown, but the US and Slovenia ended the match in a draw.

For the US this gives them two points in Group C, behind Slovenia who now has four points. The US will next take on Algeria in a must win match that will decide whether they move on in the tournament.

Jozy Altidore in the adidas F50 adiZero defended by Marko Suler in the adidas adiPure III.

Landon Donavon scores the first goal for the US in the Nike CTR360.

Jozy Altidore in the adidas F50 adiZero, battles with Bostjan Cesar in the Nike Tiempo.

Michael Bradley celebrates his match tying goal in the Nike T90 Laser.

Maurice Edu in the adidas adiPure III questioning why his goal was called off.

Jozy Altidore with a look that sums it all up, in the adidas F50 adiZero.

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