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U.S. World Cup win triggers coast-to-coast celebrations

Posted: June 23, 2010 11:58 a.m.
Updated: June 23, 2010 11:58 a.m.

United States' Landon Donovan, left, scores a goal past Algeria goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi, front right, and Algeria's Madjid Bougherra, back right, during the World Cup group C soccer match between the United States and Algeria at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, June 23, 2010.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Landon Donovan's decisive goal for the U.S. national team at the World Cup today has triggered hugs and tears of joy in bars, restaurants and offices from coast to coast.

The 1-0 victory over Algeria saved the Americans from elimination and sent them to the second round of the World Cup in South Africa. It marked another step toward establishing the sport among mainstream fans.

Peter Wilt, president of the Milwaukee Wave professional indoor football team and U.S. coach Bob Bradley's former boss, called it the biggest moment in American football in more than 20 years.

Walter Bahr, who played on the 1950 U.S. World Cup team that beat England 1-0, watched the victory from his home in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. He says he is already looking forward to the next match.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.


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