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The Moment We All Took Notice

Whether you're a casual soccer fan, a lover, or a hater you probably understood what a massive event took place yesterday when Landon Donovan scored to put the U.S. at the top of Group C and into the knockout stage of the World Cup. The goal spawned a whole slew of great writing from blogs all over the country. Some that cover soccer, many that don't. I wanted to share some of that writing here.

The rest are after the jump, but I liked this first one from our Michigan blog

We all know this feeling can be fleeting. You need look no further than the U.S. Olympic Hockey team's performance in Vancover, or the U.S.'s prior Would Cup appearances. Fascination can quickly turn into apathy if the fires are not properly stoked.

But there was something different about today. A different feeling. In that moment, as Donovan's drive crossed by the fingers of the keeper and crossed the goal line, everything seemed as it should. The U.S. Soccer team wasn't just lucky to advance, they deserved it. They fought against every conceivable card, foul, and call, and came away with a result they outright deserved. This was not, is not, a group of scrappy overachievers. It is a highly skilled, dangerous futbol team that belongs among the world's elite.

And today was the day America took notice of that.

Why We Love Sports - Niners Nation
We look at today's epic American victory over Algeria and the record-setting Wimbledon matchup, and what that shows about our love of sports.

USA Group C Winners, Group D In Action- World Cup Open Thread - Bruins Nation
Your best source for quality UCLA Bruins news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective.

There's a Lot Going On - Clips Nation
USA beats Algeria 1-0 on an extra time goal to advance to the round of 16

Is the USA win over Algeria, really this big? - RSL Soapbox
Well the US win shocked many, but exactly how big was the US win over Algeria and claiming their spot in the round of 16? The head of U.S. Soccer, Sunil Gulati, says it is the most important win ever, what do you think?

World Cup: U.S. Advances to Round of 16 - Conquest Chronicles
Your best source for quality USC Trojans news, rumors, analysis, stats and scores from the fan perspective.

Landon Donovan Scores In Extra Time And The United States Move On - Cottagers Confidential
Landon Donovan Scores In Extra Time And The United States Move On

Proud to be an American! - The Nova Blog
Landon Donovan and the United States World Cup team united a country with a little-followed sport today.

United States Down Algeria 1-0, Win Group C - 7500 To Holte
United States Down Algeria 1-0, Win Group C