From the edge of elimination, the US team is vindicated by a single beautiful strike. They beat a stacked deck for an incredible finish in stoppage time. I was this close to a heart attack.
It was a contest of champions, with so many breathtaking attempts at the goal that fell wide or bounced off the bar. Again and again. The nil-nil score stretched into tense infinity until it felt like the field was going to crack open.
Then that explosive kick by team captain Landon Donovan.
They earned it. The talent on this year's team is amazing, and they have had to fight every step of the way. Blind referees and six-handed goalies were not enough to stop them.
What a beautiful goal that was.