The U.S. soccer team has clinched a place in the second round of the World Cup, defeating Algeria 1-0 thanks to a late goal from L.A. Galaxy star Landon Donovan. The victory also ensured that Bob Bradley's team finished atop the tournament's Group C runner-up England.
The stoppage-time goal was Donovan's second of the tournament after one in the team's previous game, a scintillating 2-2 tie with Slovenia. A controversial refereeing decision had denied the Americans a victory against the Slovenes, so today's game marks the U.S. team's first victory at a World Cup since 2002.
Landon Donovan (10) of the U.S. scores the game-winner against Algeria during added time in a World Cup Group C soccer match in Pretoria, South Africa.
In the group's other game, England defeated Slovenia 1-0, also booking passage into the knockout stage of the competition. Jermaine Defoe converted England's goal.
The last time the American team ended the round-robin phase of the World Cup at the head of its group was in 1930, and Wednesday's result will provide a big confidence boost for Coach Bob Bradley and his players.
The team's second-round game is at 2.30 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 26, against the second-place team from Group D, one of the World Cup's tightest groups. This means that America's next game could be against Ghana, Germany, Serbia or Australia. England will play the winner of Group D at 10 a.m. on Sunday.
-- Reported by James Rogers in New York
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