The 1-0 victory over Algeria saved the Americans from elimination and sent them to the second round of the World Cup in South Africa. It marked another significant step toward establishing the sport in the minds of the mainstream U.S. fan.
Peter Wilt, president of the Milwaukee Wave professional indoor soccer team and U.S. coach Bob Bradley’s former boss at the Chicago Fire, called it the biggest moment in American soccer in more than 20 years.
Sally Marsch, the mother of U.S. national team assistant coach Jesse Marsch, said she never lost faith in a hardworking team that never gives up.
And Walter Bahr, who played on the 1950 U.S. World Cup team that beat England 1-0, watched the U.S. victory from his home in Boalsburg, Pa. He says he is already looking forward to the next match.