IRENE - After years of
meticulous preparation and planning, United States coach Bob
Bradley said his staff had ignored his instructions and deserted
him as they ran to celebrate their added-time winner over
Bradley said he had tried to remain cool after Landon
Donovan nicked the winner with two minutes left to go on the
clock, thinking instead about how his team should see out the
final minutes until the whistle was blown.
But as he looked around for his staff to discuss the plans,
they were nowhere to be seen, running instead to the corner flag
to celebrate with the players who had piled on top of each other
in wild scenes of joy.
"As a coach it's different because you're thinking there's
two or three minutes to go," he said, when asked how he had
reacted. "I got in the direction of the corner but I didn't
actually make it all the way there.
"I think most of the rest of the staff did by the way and it
just shows that they don't listen to me. But that's fine," he
said, with a tiny glimpse of a smile.
The dramatic win over Algeria put the U.S. through to the
next round where they will play Ghana on Saturday.
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