Fernando Fiore, Univisión commentator: “Estados unidos, el país de todos” (“USA, the country of everyone”) & “Home of the brave”
“Every contest eventually becomes a headgame,” Clinton said “I like people who don’t quit though. We are not keen on quitters in my family.”
“As someone who cares about our country,” he said, “you made me proud to be an American.”
“Surreal,” Jonathan Bronstein said with a shake of his head. “Just surreal. The former President is telling us we made him proud to be American?”
“This team embodies what the American spirit is about,” Donovan said. “We had a goal disallowed the other night. We had another good goal disallowed tonight. But we just keep going. And I think that’s what people admire so much about Americans. And I’m damn proud.”
“I used to see the game we play as just a game,” Donovan said. “I think I’m realizing, partly during this tournament, that it’s more than that. It’s an opportunity to inspire.”
Dempsey’s 12-yard shot off Jozy Altidore’s cross clanked off the far post in the 57th minute, and when the rebound came back to Dempsey, he put the follow shot wide to the near side.
“You shake it out of your head and keep on fighting,” Dempsey said.
Andrés Cantor called it in his inimitable fashion here.
Donovan joyously ran to the corner flag, sliding headfirst in a belly flop, and his teammates ran down the touchline to mob him. “A lot of kisses. A little uncomfortable,” Donovan said. “It’s something I’ll have embedded in my mind forever.”
“I’ve been through a lot in the last four years,” Donovan said with tears in his eyes. “I’m so glad it culminated this way. When you try to do things the right way, it’s good to get rewarded.”
Donovan: “We embody what Americans are about — we can moan about it or we can get on with it.”
Jon Stewart, “Sorry, I’m just still a little excited about Landon Donovan’s “GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
During President Obama’s call to the team, he showed how closely he is following their fortunes when he congratulated Donovan on his goals, then asked goalkeeper Tim Howard how his ribs were feeling. Obama also asked Clint Dempsey how his lip was doing. The President wished the team good luck on Saturday versus Ghana and made sure the players knew that the entire country was cheering them on.