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Gooooaaaaallll!

U.S. squad beats Algeria, advances in World Cup Finals

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Landon Donovan scores today’s game-winning goal.(Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the United States side (Tablet Magazine’s official team) through most of this morning’s match against Algeria: Though they scored in the 23rd minute, it was disallowed, like last week’s infamous non-goal, for dubious reasons. Meanwhile, England quickly secured a 1-0 lead over Slovenia, and looked unlikely to give it up. A 0-0 U.S. tie and an English victory would have spelled the end of the road.

But! After many close chances, in the 90th minute star midfielder Landon Donovan booted the ball into the net, and the otherwise-resourceful referee could not come up with a way to cancel it. Final score: 1-0. America wins Group C and advances to the elimination stage. They play Saturday. You’re a fool if you don’t watch.

Oh, and may we point out that America’s first World Cup Finals win since 2002 (!) was also the first of these games in which more than one of the squad’s Jewish players made an appearance? As happened last game, and as I predicted would happen this game, offensive-minded midfielder Benny Feilhaber was brought in for the entire second half. But additionally, defender Jonathan Bornstein (Feilhaber’s college roommate) started, and played almost the whole game. A game that, in case you hadn’t heard, we won!!!

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Gene says:

I watch the games on Channel 50 Boston, the Spanish channel. I am wondering why one of the commentators feels a need to drag out Bornstein’s name as B-o-o-o-o-o-rnstein. Sure, it may not be as easy for him to pronounce as Bocanegra, but the Algerian names also present pronunciation difficulties for the Spanish-speaking. Is he mocking Bornstein or his name? Should I call the ADL? Did anyone else pick this up?

If you’re still on the fence: grab your favorite earphones, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you’ll know which is right for you.

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