Thanks to a game-changing mistake by England’s goaltender, the United States was able to pull off a rather shocking tie in the opening game of Group C play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The tie left the United States feeling almost as if they got a win, as England came into the match up heavily favored.
“We’ll take more out of a draw than they will,” remarked United States goalkeeper Tim Howard. “They’re going feel like they should have won the game.”
The United States team had to regroup after England scored before anyone could blink, only three minutes into the match, the U.S was down 1-0.
With the only goal for the United States, Clint Demspey can now lay claim to being only the second American in history to score a goal in two World Cups.
“I think a lot of us came off the field satisfied with this result, but maybe a little disappointed we didn’t get more out of the game,” remarked United States forward Landon Donovan in a post-game interview.
Dempsey was able to tie up the game after England goalie Robert Green poorly handled the kick.”At the last second, it moved a little bit,” Dempsey said.
“These balls move so much, you just hit them on goal, you have a chance. It’s one of those goals you always say, `Why can’t I get one like that?” Green said.
“Mentally we’re strong enough to get over it and as a goalkeeper these things happen,” Green added in an interview after the game. “You prepare yourself for not letting it affect you.”
It had been since 1950 that the United States and England met in a World Cup, with the last one taken by the United States in a shocking upset.
“I’m sure they were excited in bars back home. I can only imagine it was pretty intense,” Howard remarked. “We’re a resilient side, you know. We’re a tough side and on our day we can put a good performance in.”
England was installed as a top betting favorite by Online Sportsbooks prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with the United States holding down as a 50-1 longshot.
While this game is considered a draw, the United States will continue on in the rest of Group C play with their heads a little higher than their counterparts in the first game.