11 September 2013

US "Heads" to World Cup in 2014!

With a 2-0 win over Mexico last night, the US soccer team secured a spot in the 2014 World Cup, which will be held in Brazil.  The best Team USA has fared in a World Cup was a third place finish way back in 1930.  I hope we'll do better next summer!

Our first goal in last night's match came on a beautiful corner kick by Landon Donovan.  Eddie Johnson provided the perfect header after the Mexican goal keeper found himself a bit out of position.  Check out the somewhat fuzzy video I found for Johnson's header (click on the image below for a larger view)
What really got me excited was Donovan's kick.  Looking down on the ball while in flight, one would have seen the ball spinning counterclockwise.  I tracked the ball in the video above and you can clearly see how the ball's spin helped it curve right into Johnson's location.  The Magnus force, which is due to the air being whipped asymmetrically off the back of the ball, is responsible for the curve.  Donovan served up a banana kick with whipped air!

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