For most US men’s national team fans, Ian Darke’s goosebumps-inducing call is etched in their brains as Landon Donovan scored a 91st-minute game-winner against Algeria at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
“Dempsey is denied again, and Donovan has scored,” Darke began. “Oh, can you believe this?! Goal, goal USA – certainly through. Oh, it’s incredible! You could not write a script like this!”
Now, that moment comes to FS1 Monday at 7:30 pm ET for a trip down memory lane. For some background: The US had tied both Slovenia and England, and three points would send them straight to the knockout round. That goal – one that started with Tim Howard’s distribution and carried through Clint Dempsey’s doorstep denial before Donovan punched home – sent the country into celebration. Not only had the USMNT beaten Algeria, they topped Group C and a quarterfinal spot awaited.
In memory of that legendary moment from South Africa, U.S. Soccer has been releasing first-hand accounts from players, including Donovan:
𝐓𝐎𝐍𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓! @FS1 will replay 🇺🇸 vs. 🇩🇿 from the 2010 @FIFAWorldCup live at 7:30pm ET.— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) June 22, 2020
Throughout the day, re-live 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 moment and the experience in South Africa as we share player and staff memories from 10 years ago.
First up: @LandonDonovan. 🙌 🇺🇸 ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/3eNl7fwisF
Howard also voiced his perspective, knowing a loss would have sent the USMNT home.
"We've worked so hard to be here and it has to end sometime, but not today." - @TimHowardGK— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) June 22, 2020
Strong recollections from the man who started the play vs. Algeria 9 years and 364 days ago. 👇
📺: TONIGHT! 🇺🇸 vs. 🇩🇿 2010 at 7:30pm ET on @FS1 pic.twitter.com/6sKLZWFhxZ
It’s also worth checking out Matt Pentz’s oral history on The Athletic, or even re-living the highlight itself in English or Spanish. There’s also the global reaction, with one strike flipping sadness into euphoric disbelief.