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June 24th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Donovan delivers U.S. soccer's defining moment

(CNN) – If Americans don't embrace soccer now, they surely never will. That's because Team USA's heart-stopping win at the World Cup yesterday was one of those rare defining moments in sports. Just a minute or so from elimination, in a game that would have been remembered for so many missed opportunities, the United States struck! America's most celebrated player, Landon Donovan, gave us what is perhaps our greatest soccer moment ever. He joined us on Thursday's American Morning to talk about his winning goal against Algeria. Watch Video U.S. pulls off World Cup miracle

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  1. Sherry

    I came looking for a video of the segment I saw this morning with one CNN reporter (Kellerman?) making asinine comments about soccer. Didn't find the video clip – maybe CNN has 2nd thoughts about this now?
    CNN – where did you dig this guy up? Of course, I am familiar with the oft-repeated argument that soccer is "boring" because the score is low. Some of what this guy said was funny, but most was a regurgitation of parochial arguments based on American viewing habits. What could be more exciting than the entire 11 minutes of actual playing time in an NFL game (according to a Wall Street Journal study)? It's probably less in MLB...

    June 24, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  2. daniel

    just take it for what it is, a big moment for us soccer. You dont have to like it, but there doesnt need to be a negative backlash here. If americans can cheer for curling and figure skating in the olympics why is it so hard to cheer for soccer in the world cup. IF you dont like it dont watch.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  3. daniel

    Soccer has become a young men's & women's game in america. It seems that there is always some old guy talking about how boring the game of soccer is, but if its boring to you then you dont understand it. IF you dont like just agree to disagree with the rest of the world and now the majority of americans. us soccer is here to stay!

    June 24, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  4. Colleen

    Well said, Mellissa! Thanks.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  5. doug

    GO USA their victory was a great accomplishment, and all of us that love the sport support your efforts.

    June 24, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  6. Jill

    Again the American hubris disappoints me. Does this guy really think America has been best sports ever created? I think football is a symbolic of overcoming obstacles in life in order to get to your goal. Why do you think it's one of the few sports that calls a score a goal and not a touchdown, a basket, a run, etc.? There's such a passion about football all over the world that if you are passionate about life you help but get caught up in it!

    Viva futbol!

    June 24, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  7. Melissa

    Please post a video of the segment that aired this morning featuring Max Kellerman's arrogant and idiotic comments about soccer. Meatheads like him, who are so quick to deride and mock that which they don't understand or personally care for, are the reason Americans inspire so much ill will across the world.

    His argument that "American" sports like football, baseball and basketball are superior to soccer because of the way events "build" on previous ones is flawed. Basketball and soccer are the exact same game architecturally, despite the obvious differences in the way the ball is passed and the nature of net. It's just that basketball isn't viewed by people like Kellerman as a cultural affront to American "values."

    Here's a thought – if we tried to find experiences that we could share with the rest of the world, or if we could at least let those who enjoy soccer do so without turning it into a conversation about why the American way is better, we might not always find ourselves in "win-or-lose" situations against the rest of the world.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  8. Michael F

    I feel that soccer takes alot more skill than other sports and it is pretty fascinating that it's played with many countries around the world. It just takes so long for teams to score at times! Anyways, GO USA!

    June 24, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  9. Max

    It's all a matter of perspective. You either like it or leave it; but you don't mock it .
    To some watching men in warrior protective gear chasing an egg shaped ball for 15 minutes while being run over by commercial breaks for over hours may seem to be a ridiculous act. And we call it "Football" ?
    Its all a matter of perspective:
    Go Soccer USA!

    June 24, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  10. jeffrey

    typical american arrogance, I am Canadian and a hockey fan. I think hockey is infinitely more exciting than baseball or basketball. In hockey we have great 1-0 games. great goal tending is part of the game, with no goal tender scores would be higher in soccer and hockey. To each his own

    June 24, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  11. bert

    GOD i hope none of the little kids in this country don't ever watch the anchors on this news staition. i didn't get involved in soccer until i was a adult,played it, caoched it ,even bought a low level team for a local town. once you understand the game and how hard it is to play the game you become hooked.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  12. bert

    that moron does not know what he is talking about,and does not understand the game of soccer and does not care to understand it.u need to have someone explain it to him,or have him play it just for 45 min ,i dare him! once he tries to play it just for 45 min.then come talk about how toon has changed I DARE HIM!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  13. Colleen

    I can't believe I'm watching CNN news anchors downplay the amazing athletic abilities of the US soccer team and the sport of soccer in general. Who is this arrogant yutz on the screen who says soccer is boring? He obviously doesn't understand the game. There's more to life than just scoring points. If you want to talk about boring, let's talk about watching a bunch of middle-aged, overweight guys stand around in a diamond formation waiting for a ball to come their way. Snore. If you don't like soccer, don't watch it. But with all that's going on in the country right now, let's support our national soccer team and keep the comments positive. U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!!!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  14. Jeff Carter

    Soccer....about as exciting to watch as the finals of the Men's Underwater Basketweaving well as tennis and golf. Notwithstanding, they all good participation sports, however, boring, boring, boring to watch. The reasons that there is such interest in the US, in my opinion, especially in school age sports, is that public schools have far less cash investment in soccer than in 'real football' teams.....AND, because of such an influx on legal and illegal latino immigrants. Agree or disagree, matters not....just my opinion.... NCAA Football / NFL comparison.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  15. Ian

    A great moment not only for American soccer, but in world-wide sports, and your anchors are down playing it. The American team deserves the praise it is receiving, the praise you are tearing down.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  16. ronvan

    Soccer is truly a world sport & you either love it or not. You cannot compare it to football or any other sport.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:34 am |