Snakebit No More: USMNT Luck Starting To Change

Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria in additional time stemmed a trend of frustration for the U.S. Soccer team. Going back to the 2002 World Cup in Japan/South Korea, the Americans have found themselves on the business end of several tough breaks on the world’s biggest stage. Let’s take a look!

2002: Torsten Frings’ handball
Woulda coulda shoulda. America’s run in the World Cup ends in the quarterfinals, but video replays show the Germany midfielder clearly handled the ball on the goal line.

2006: Claudio Reyna’s unlucky break
America’s skipper is uncharacteristically caught flat-footed against Ghana, leading to a goal and an injury.

2006: Oguchi Onyewu’s phantom penalty/red card
Four years on, Onyewu’s red card and the subsequent penalty on this play still defy explanation.

2010: The goal that wasn’t
Maurice Edu’s seemingly good goal against Slovenia was disallowed by the referee.

2010: The goal that wasn’t, part II
Once again, the match referee ruled out a good goal on a questionable call. This time, Clint Dempsey had one taken away.

Hopefully this is a sign of the pendulum swinging the other way.