Americans: United through soccer

So screw you, Glenn Beck.

An incredible montage:

Tweeted Stuart Holden:

Wow.. had goosebumps for a full five minutes watching this Video. The support has been unbelievable…..

And Landon Donovan:

Not sure if you guys saw this but it brings tears to my eyes every time. Thank you all so much…we can’t do it…


So you can bet Beck would hate this: i-e3b28caa547ff049f7db4687262e7d8b-mandelaussoccer0001.jpgPresident Bill Clinton and other board members of the USA Bid Committee to bring the FIFA World Cup to the U.S. in 2018 or 2022 met Thursday in Johannesburg with Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa. With Former President Mandela, from left, is Sunil Gulati, president of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and chairman of the USA Bid Committee; President Clinton, honorary chairman of the USA Bid Committee; Don Garber, commissioner of Major League Soccer; Carlos Cordeiro, vice chairman of the USA Bid Committee; and Dan Flynn, USSF CEO and secretary general. President Clinton later spoke at the Nelson Mandela Foundation to pay tribute to Mandela’s life and legacy. President Clinton will rejoin the U.S. team on Saturday in Rustenburg for its round of 16 match vs. Ghana (Photo: Adam Jacobs/

And this – from a U.S. Soccer press release:

The day after the historic and dramatic 1-0 victory against Algeria that sent the U.S. to the round of 16 at the World Cup, President Barack Obama called the team and addressed the players and staff via speakerphone.

The President then congratulated the players on the amazing team spirit they showed during the unbeaten run through the first round of the World Cup and told them that while he was meeting with General Petraeus in the Oval Office, he could hear the rest of the West Wing erupt when Landon Donovan scored the game-winner.

The President then congratulated Donovan on the game-winning goal, asked Tim Howard how his ribs were feeling and asked Clint Dempsey how his lip was doing.

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  • Largest crowds in Cali? Thanks for posting this Nick!


  • dustin locke

    So, Nick, all I want to know is: where will the BIGGEST MATCH WATCHING party in LA be on Saturday?!


    I am pretty sure I figured out that the Galaxy are going to be playing a friendly again Real Madrid. This new should be announced soon.

  • Studs Up

    Galaxy’s set up at Hermosa Pier looked very good for the first game. Photos available at their site. They should do that again.