Despite their elimination, the sheer thrill of Donovan’s winner against Algeria caught the imagination of a host of Americans who were previously unsure on the beautiful game.
Here, you can see the unashamed elation from US supporters all around the world:
Donovan’s goal helped raise the profile of soccer in the states, with both the MLS and the college divisions seeing a significant jump in attendances on their respective resumption after the World Cup.
Those following the US this summer will be hoping this team can go some way to replicating the feats achieved by Donovan and co. four years ago.
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