U.S. Soccer has named Landon Donovan’s game-winning strike against Algeria at the World Cup in South Africa as the Best Goal of 2010. The U.S. national soccer team’s all-time leading scorer received the award after a vote by fans from 22 November to 10 December on ussoccer.com. Check out Donovan’s big goal again:
“When you put it in the context of everything else and what it all meant there was a lot of relief and obviously a lot of excitement,” said Donovan. “The image I have that will always last is turning my head, looking towards our bench and seeing a bunch of guys sprinting toward the corner. It was pure enjoyment and a really cool moment.”
Landon Donovan had a few more really cool moments in 2010. He also participated in a series of popular video game commercials with Phoenix Suns basketball star Steve Nash.
Landon Donovan also traveled to Switzerland in early December, as a member of the USA’s 2022 World Cup bid committee. That trip, though, did not end with the same jubilation as the World Cup victory over Algeria. Even though the USA was considered a strong contender to win the hosting rights to soccer’s premier event, world football’s governing body, FIFA, awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.