U.S. World Cup Run Ends With 2-1 Overtime Loss To Ghana
June 26, 2010
The United States' thrilling run in the 2010 World Cup came to an end with a Round-of-16 overtime loss to Ghana, 2-1. All three UCLA alumni on the squad - team captain Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein and Benny Feilhaber - played in the second half and overtime, with Bocanegra and Bornstein starting in the backfield for the second consecutive game.
The U.S. had to play catch up throughout the game after conceding a goal in the fifth minute. The Americans tied the score at 1-1 on a Landon Donovan penalty kick in the 62nd minute, but early in the first overtime period, Ghana scored what came to be the game-winning goal in the 93rd minute.
Feilhaber provided an instant offensive spark upon entering the game at the start of the second half, sending a shot that required an excellent save by Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson in the 47th minute. Bocanegra and Bornstein played solid defense for 120 minutes.
When asked his feelings from this World Cup and those from the 2006 World Cup, Bocanegra said, 'I think last time around, the tournament as a whole was not so good for us. We had a great performance against Italy, but other than that we were pretty inconsistent. This time I thought we played pretty consistently, unfortunately that meant going a goal down and having to push almost every single game. But I'm really proud of these guys, to be a part of this team and how everybody pushed for each other and fought for each other. There are no individuals and everybody put the team first and we can hold our heads high and go away saying we left everything on the field and sometimes in sports it just doesn't go right.'
Bornstein reflected on his first World Cup experience, saying, 'I think I'll probably be more proud in the next couple of days, thinking about what went down over the four games we did have. There were a lot of ups and downs, obviously the way that third game ended put everyone on a high. It's been a crazy trip, a great experience for me for my first World Cup and I'm looking forward to looking back at these games, enjoying them on video and learning from it as best as I can for me personally moving on as a player. Hopefully in four years we get to come back and do it all again.'
Quotes courtesy USSoccer.com