- Midfielder Landon Donovan Also Wins Castrol Performance Under Pressure and Best MLS Player Awards;
- Donovan and Eight MNT Teammates Accept Best Moment Award
CHICAGO (July 14, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Team won Best Moment at the ESPY Awards this evening for its 1-0 victory in added time against Algeria in the team’s final group match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup that provided the U.S. a place in the Round of 16. U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan, who scored the winning goal against Algeria, also won the Castrol Performance Under Pressure and Best MLS Player awards.
Donovan accepted the ESPY for Best Moment along with eight of his teammates live on stage at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. Joining Donovan on stage were Jozy Altidore, Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Edson Buddle, Steve Cherundolo, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber and Stuart Holden.
“The comment I’ve received more than any other is ‘thank you for inspiring us and inspiring our country,’” said Donovan during his acceptance speech. “I believe it takes two to tango and I want to say on behalf of all of us, thank you for allowing us to inspire you guys. You put everything else aside to let us inspire you, so thank you so much.”
Others nominees in the category were the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl championship, figure skater Joannie Rochette's bronze-medal Olympic performance following the death of her mother and Phil Mickelson's win at the Masters.
“That whole tournament was an emotional roller coaster for us, and to have the support of all of America behind us felt amazing after that goal went in,” added Bocanegra, the U.S. MNT captain, in acceptance of the award. “We’d like to thank U.S. Soccer. We’re accepting this award on behalf of the team and our coaching staff. We’d like to really thank John Skipper and ESPN for really believing in soccer in America and the world.”
The ESPY awards are given out annually since 1993 and are determined by fan vote.