Donovan’s Penalty Kick in 62′ Not Enough For A Victory As Gyan Scores Second Goal in Overtime

On Saturday June 26th the magic of Team U.S.A. ran out. Team Ghana helped extinguish the U.S.A.’s hopes of being the 2010 FIFA World Cup Champions with a 2-1 win. The United States fell behind early, which they had done in their previous games. Kevin Prince Boateng from Ghana put the team ahead when he scored a goal just five minuets into the game. Hoping karma would repeat itself I was nervously waiting for Landon Donovan to hit the game tying goal like he had done in the previous game. I felt that they still had some magic when he did just that. In the 62nd minute Donovan scored the tying goal off a penalty kick given when Ghana’s Jonathan Mensah pulled down U.S.A.’s Clint Dempsey. But as fate would have it this time there was no final minute miracle. Just three minuets into the overtime Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan scored the team’s second goal; the goal the U.S.A. could not come back from. Ghana did the exact thing they did the last time they met the U.S.A. in the World Cup, eliminated them. In my opinion the biggest factor that caused the U.S.A.’s loss was their own sloppy play at the beginning of the game. It set the tone of having the pressure for a comeback. Although the magic was still around then, it eventually evaporated and Team U.S.A. was not able to pull out another victory.

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