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Which U.S. sports goal was more exciting: Parise's tying goal or Donovan's winner?

Jun 23, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

landondonovan.jpgCynics will snicker and make cries of silly nationalism. Skeptics might end up bemused that Americans suddenly become interested in sports they’re usually oblivious to. But either way, U.S. sports teams have shown a flair for the dramatics during international competition this year.

In case you were at work or isolated from just about every social network, the U.S. soccer team advanced to the Round of 16 in exciting fashion, needing a Landon Donovan extra-time goal to qualify for the World Cup’s second round with a 1-0 victory.

This caps an interesting year in late heroics for American sports. The U.S. soccer team was three minutes away from being eliminated from the World Cup, just like the American Olympic hockey team was under a minute from losing the gold medal game before Zach Parise scored an almost unthinkable goal in the waning seconds.

Of course, Canada ended up winning thanks to Sidney Crosby’s iconic overtime gold-medal winner, but Parise’s clutch goal promoted the game from a nail-biter to an incredible moment for hockey. It gets even better when you consider that both the men’s soccer and hockey teams were heavy underdogs and – in my opinion – provided great moments even if they both fall short of their ultimate goals.

It’s probably hasty to put up this poll right now since the U.S. hockey team lost (and it happened months ago) while the soccer moment occurred just moments ago, but I can’t help but ask the question. What was a more exciting moment for you: Zach Parise’s gold medal game-tying goal or Landon Donovan’s stoppage time heart-stopper? Vote in the poll below.


  1. JoseOle - Jun 23, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Well you’re on a hockey blog so I’m thinking the hockey play might win this one. I voted for Parise b/c I got to watch it live, it was also for the Gold Medal where the soccer goal is to get to the round of 16.

  2. James O'Brien - Jun 23, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Yeah, I’m curious to see if the hockey bias will make enough of a difference to overcome the fact that Donovan’s goal just happened. Should be interesting.

  3. peepsaf - Jun 23, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    I play far more soccer than I watch it, and watch far more hockey than I play it. The Americans out played Algeria for so much of that game that it would have been crushing for them to lose. Additional to the fact that the US-Canada game was far more even, I was so happy the US Hockey team got as far as it did that I would have been far less crushed had they lost in regulation.
    Vote – Donovan

  4. rox star - Jun 23, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    i dont think anyone remembers “game-tying” goals in games you lost. Crosby’s golden goal is the only one remembered. That being said, Donovan’s goal just happend and was against a world powerhouse, Algeria. Go back to the drawing board and find some better goals to vote on….just sayin’

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