By Grady Smith
Updated June 23, 2010 at 04:36 PM EDT
Credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Image Credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty ImagesHow did that just happen? After 90 minutes of missed opportunities, blocked shots, fruitless hustle, and some seriously debatable refereeing, the United States soccer team prevailed over Algeria to advance to the next round of the World Cup! When the clock finally hit 90:00, it seemed like it was all over. The U.S.’s admirable campaign to get Americans interested in soccer had failed. Our dream team hadn’t lived up to expectations. Soccer moms across America had lost some common ground with their kids. But then, just as I was about to click out of my gamecast, it happened. In the last few minutes of additional stoppage time, star U.S. player Landon Donovan connected the ball with the back of the net, and the United States took a 1-0 lead over Algeria! Even here in the EW offices, an audible cheer rang loud and clear. The game finished moments later, and in a single play, the U.S. went from the back of the pack to first place in Group C. (Check out the video below.)

From here, the U.S. team advances to the next round along with England, who beat Slovenia 1-0. What will happen next? There’s no way to be sure, but after watching what may have been the most exciting U.S. gooooooooal in World Cup history, I can’t wait to find out! (Plus, I have an excuse to keep playing Shakira’s World Cup anthem on repeat…)

Were you watching the game, PopWatchers? How far do you think the U.S. will go? Twitter is shut down with excitement, so put you celebratory comments here!