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  1. Posted by kaya on 2010/06/24 at 3:38 PM

    Nice… what was Danny Coyle’s like? Wish I could’ve been there.
    Not to be a spoil sport, but the experience of being there for the qualifier in San Pedro Sula was like the density squared of any of the scenes in this lovely compilation.
    Soccer is now the well-loved red headed stepchild of america!

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  2. Posted by Jake Claro on 2010/06/24 at 4:03 PM

    Chills…

    I’m not a big fan of chanting USA because it’s usually done at the most inane times, but here it seemed appropriate. Also, there’s a great shot of Lando screaming once he scored as the fans themselves begin to do the same. That’s the beauty of the world cup; when a team can embody a nation, when the two seemingly become one and the same. This team has that quality–hardworking, smart, and all around affable group of guys–can’t ask for more from a team that is sent out to represent the country.

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  3. Posted by Kevin Miller on 2010/06/24 at 4:22 PM

    What an emotional ride that game was. This captures the essence of the moment for fans quite well. Good find.

    Another powerful video on the USMNT’s road to the knockout stage, quite good…

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    • Posted by Rick on 2010/06/24 at 7:05 PM

      Very good. I think this video captures the fighting spirit of this team. It really brings into stark contrast the differences between Team USA and the French selection. And this video really encapsulates the experience this team has given us so far. In retrospect, this has been a great World Cup for the US! Let’s hope it keeps going!!!

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  4. Posted by Dennis on 2010/06/24 at 4:23 PM

    Speechless…….

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  5. Posted by Mike on 2010/06/24 at 4:27 PM

    Forget chills. I had tears. You combine that music with that emotion and I am left speechless.

    GO USA!

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    • I had tears welling up as well. I was unfortunately shackled to the desk up until the 70th minute at which time i had to go to a doctor’s appointment, getting the play by play from a friend at a bar in Austin, Texas. I was able to share the moment, somewhat, with my wife and my friend via phone but to be at one of those bars would’ve been a moment right up there with the moments my wife said “yes she’d marry me” and “I do.”

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  6. Posted by icculus on 2010/06/24 at 4:33 PM

    The best video ever? haha
    And that kid in his basement is legend. Loved it.

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  7. I am in this video for the Davis, CA part. It was crazy there

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  8. Posted by Jennifer on 2010/06/24 at 5:47 PM

    This is amazing. I love the music (from Rudy and on my playlist) and it works so well. All the reactions were great but I loved the guy in Lincoln picking up his chair, the older woman in the NY bar and the people watching through the glass on the NY Street.
    I was on a bowling field trip (work at a summer camp) and I had about 20 kids watching the whole second half (I have about 5 who are really into soccer), and then it about double for the end. When Landon scored they all screamed goal, and I had about 60 kids chanting USA. It was great.

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  9. The NY street scene was what got to me. Cheering in the streets for our national team. I really don’t care if most Americans tune out between Cups. It’s important that they are there for our men when it counts. The sport is established here. It’s not going anywhere. There are plenty of us to keep the torch going through WCQ. But it is the culmination of a dream to see the whole nation come together behind this team. And they deserve it.

    I was in a plane over the Atlantic Ocean on the way to Dominican Republic. A bunch of us paid $6 each to watch the game. We lost the signal at halftime. We had no idea the outcome until we landed. Had the signal not gone out, I think that plane would have come down.

    I think this team will make the semis, because I believe in their Will, but whatever happens now, it has been a very good Cup for us, and we have accomplished a great deal. But I see more, because we have a few players, led by Donovan, for whom this is likely the last Cup, and they will be super-motivated. It is like a college basketball team being led into the NCAA tournament by a strong senior class. Donovan, Cherundolo, Bocanegra, maybe Howard, even Dempsey might be too old next time around. The future is now.

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    • Posted by Clay on 2010/06/25 at 7:52 AM

      I would like to see a TSG prediction of 2014 squad (yes very premature I know).

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      • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/06/25 at 8:02 AM

        Already in the works for after the Yanks win the Cup. :> Can’t jinx it you know. Diskerud, Lichaj….Bill Hamid

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  10. Posted by s44 on 2010/06/24 at 6:19 PM

    I looked like one of those random dudes shouting in his living room.

    Great video, though some corrected aspect ratios would have made it better.

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  11. Posted by uncledude on 2010/06/24 at 6:44 PM

    what an AMAZING clip. can’t stop watching it.

    I am in NYC and took my almost 3 year old son with me to PlayBeautiful to watch the game. After it was over I was walking up 3rd Avenue with him on my shoulders. He was laughing and yelling “donovan” and “clints-demps-deys” over and over. When we where working our way through the crowds outside Nevada’s people were highfiving him, dancing with him, handing him flags and taking their pictures with him. It was a long joyous walk home. He woke up this morning and the first thing he said to me was this:
    “Daddy can I go to watch the soccer game again today? Please Daddy please?”
    He cried when I told him we were going to school.
    He doesn’t know the USA and Algerian FIFA World rankings or ESPN’s ratings. He doesn’t know who is supposed to win or by how much. He could care less about poor positioning or slow starts. Soccer to him is people dancing in the streets and waving flags and screaming “USA” and “Lan-don Donovan!” And he wants more. In the future he’ll get his heart broke. He’ll see some real shit matches and his teams go out on PK’s and crap ref decisions. He’ll hear people complain about coaches decisions and wardrobes and pampered players.
    But HIS experiences will shape what type of fan he’ll be.
    And right now, a few days before his 3rd birthday, he wants more of 6/23/10.
    My son woke up this morning smiling and wanting to “go to watch the soccer game.”
    It’s a new day for me. From now on when I hear the Rome’s hate on soccer or read a “throwaway-contrarian-look-at-me” column like the one written by Jason Whitlock or any of the others that (for whatever reason) hate/fear soccer having a larger footprint in America and try to tear down every little step this sport makes into the hearts and minds of the next generation and the next and the next – I will no longer get angry or wonder “what their deal is” – I’ll remember my boy waking up this morning smiling.
    And I’ll laugh to myself: “Too late motherfuckers. We’re through.”

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    • Posted by MJ on 2010/06/24 at 6:49 PM

      The whole of your post is beautiful, but as a member of a US soccer diaspora that occasionally feels like an underground sports resistance/revolution, that last line was great.

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    • Brilliant stuff, thanks for sharing that.

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    • Posted by Andy on 2010/06/25 at 10:14 AM

      This:

      “And I’ll laugh to myself: “Too late motherfuckers. We’re through.””

      So true, so true…

      Fantastic post.

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    • Posted by itally on 2010/06/25 at 10:28 AM

      I know this isn’t the typical HOF type of comment, but I’d like to nominate it for that — the sheer passion, joy and positive emotion that is felt here is amazing.

      Thank you, uncledude.

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  12. Posted by chris on 2010/06/24 at 6:57 PM

    I was in the Albany pub in the video. Total pandemonium. I’ll never forget that moment–shock, release and elation. Not to mention the decibel level…the place exploded. Every hand in the air, beer flying, people screaming themselves hoarse. Amazing.

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  13. Posted by T-Muck on 2010/06/25 at 5:46 AM

    That is awesome.

    People are starting to realize what soccer truly is, and why its called the beautiful. All of the controversy from the Slovenia came got everyone’s attention and then that game on Wednesday a lot of people got to see the beautiful game for what it truly is. It’s not about the number of goals scored. It’s 90 minutes of sweat, blood, anticipation, desire, effort, and belief all coming together in that one beautiful moment when that ball crosses the line.

    America is starting to wake up to soccer, I’d be willing to bet this game tomorrow is going to be the most watched soccer game in American history. If we win, it’ll be huge for the sport. If we can make a run of this, and our boys can keep winning, soccer will be popular in America.

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  14. This makes me wish I’d gone out to watch that match instead of taking the morning off and staying home…I’m pretty sure I looked like random guy yelling at his tv. But I know where I’ll be tomorrow :)

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    • Posted by T-Muck on 2010/06/25 at 10:39 AM

      I’m very unhappy I can’t go to a bar tomorrow to watch it. Apparently, my sister-in-law didn’t pay attention to the most important event in the world when she decided on the date for a baptism, which is at 2:00 ET.

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  15. Posted by Joey on 2010/06/25 at 10:44 AM

    Shut up. I’m not crying. It’s just a piece of dust in my eye.

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  16. Posted by anthony on 2010/07/04 at 2:47 PM

    I was in the south of Spain all alone, save for one other American I bumped into with a jersey that day llooking for the game, and when Landon scored, it was the proudest moment and happiest I have had for a while on my 28th Birthday

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  17. Posted by anthony on 2010/07/04 at 2:54 PM

    ironically I also shouted USA, USA out of my villa to no one, but the Spanish nighborhood (and a lot of ENglish vacationers)

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