Here’s the Jermaine Jones Wonder Goal That Saved America's World Cup

Slate's soccer blog.
June 22 2014 8:05 PM

Here’s the Jermaine Jones Wonder Goal That Saved America's World Cup

451060282
I believe that we will get the necessary points to qualify for the next round.

Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images

After conceding a terrible opening goal in the first five minutes against Portugal to go down 1-0 in their crucial Group G match, the United States went into the second half needing another miracle. They got it in the form of Jermaine Jones’ magic right foot. With less than 30 minutes left to play, the ball rebounded to Jones off of a corner and he blasted home the equalizer from distance. And all of American Twitter simultaneously went “I believe that we will win!” Seventeen minutes later, Clint Dempsey scored the go-ahead goal and they really started to believe.

Sadly for the U.S., Portugal scored in the final minute of injury time to break American hearts and end the game as a 2-2 draw. But on the bright side, the U.S. earned a crucial point in Group G and are still in a very strong position to go through to the second round. Let's all just forget that final Silvestre Varela tying goal now, though, and just play the Jones strike on loop.

Jeremy Stahl is a Slate senior editor. You can follow him on Twitter.

 

TODAY IN SLATE

Jurisprudence

Scalia’s Liberal Streak

The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.

Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B

Culturebox

Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey

No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.

Television

The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Cliff Huxtable Explains the World: Five Lessons From TV’s Greatest Dad

Why Television Needs a New Cosby Show Right Now

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 18 2014 8:20 PM A Clever Attempt at Explaining Away a Vote Against the Farm Bill
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 18 2014 6:02 PM A Chinese Company Just Announced the Biggest IPO in U.S. History
  Life
The Slate Quiz
Sept. 18 2014 11:44 PM Play the Slate News Quiz With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.
  Double X
Doublex
Sept. 18 2014 8:07 PM Crying Rape False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 18 2014 1:23 PM “It’s Not Every Day That You Can Beat the World Champion” An exclusive interview with chess grandmaster Fabiano Caruana.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2014 4:33 PM The Top 5 Dadsplaining Moments From The Cosby Show
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 18 2014 6:48 PM By 2100 the World's Population Could Be 11 Billion
  Health & Science
Science
Sept. 18 2014 3:35 PM Do People Still Die of Rabies? And how do you know if an animal is rabid?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.