PRETORIA, South Africa - Johannesburg radio stations have been playing honorary songs for each country competing in the World Cup.

What's the U.S. theme song?

The pop hit, "Party in the USA," by Miley Cyrus, which also happened to be the ESPN.com headline in the minutes after Landon Donovan's extra-time goal propelled the United States to a 1-0 victory over Algeria and into the World Cup's knockout stages.

Wednesday's back-and-forth match was played about 45 minutes north of Johannesburg in Pretoria's Loftus Versfeld Stadium, a field traditionally used for rugby.

The stadium was filled with U.S. supporters, overwhelmingly so, including former President Bill Clinton, who sat beside current FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter.

In the minutes after Donovan's stadium-shaking goal, Clinton visited the team's locker room.

A Salon.com writer was shadowing Clinton and offered this account: "Much posing for pictures ensued with the shirtless, whooping, chest-bumping players - who couldn't quite seem to believe they had done it.

"The team then invited Clinton alone to join them in the inner locker room, where he could be glimpsed toasting them with a beer amid much additional hollering. When he emerged 10 minutes or so later, he had a broad smile and a hoarse voice."

Johannesburg's World Cup broadcast channel, SABC, offered this call in the moment after Donovan's goal: "From hope, there is glory, and the United States are going through!"

Spotted: Streaming into Loftus Versfeld Stadium were thousands of American fans, including a woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty, a man dressed as a Team USA superhero, and groups walking and singing the national anthem.

Johannesburg's local paper, the Sowetan, published a column on Wednesday assessing the appearance of a few of the World Cup coaches:

Diego Maradona (Argentina): "He comes onto the field dressed to the nines in his designer suits two numbers bigger than his size. This short man accessorizes with diamond studs as big as mints gleaming in each ear and he wears Hublot watches on both wrists and a gold chain."

Bob Bradley (USA): "He is the boniest and scariest coach in the 2010 World Cup. His eyes are icy and look as though he is a frustrated U.S. troop commander waiting to go to Afghanistan."

Following France's embarrassing World Cup performance, French officials have come together to assess punishment for what is being labeled as a "disaster" within the country.

The press department of President Nicolas Sarkozy issued a statement saying Sarkozy "asked the ministers to ensure that no financial reward is given."

France defender Patrice Evra said the team had agreed to "forfeit its bonuses," but also added this cryptic message: "There is a cause for all this failure, several things will come out. Then, if people don't want to forgive, at least they will know the truth."

Not more than two hours after England had qualified for the knockout stages, there were headlines pouring out of England that went something like, "England are out of the World Cup."

Here's this breakdown from Yahoo! Sport UK: "Just how tough is it for England? Well, it couldn't be any tougher. If they manage to make it past Germany, they will most likely face Argentina in the quarterfinals. Then Spain. Then Brazil. They are the four teams England would least like to face (with apologies to Holland).

"It's the team that always beats us, followed by the best team in the competition, followed by the pretournament favourites, followed by the country that has won more World Cups than anyone else. Nice."

And that, quite succinctly, is what separates U.S. soccer from English soccer: Americans are just thrilled that Donovan delivered such an epic moment and there's still life ahead.

Contact staff writer Kate Fagan at 856-779-3844

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