2014 FIFA World Cup: USA vs. Ghana LIVE blog

John Brooks gets mobbed after his late goal. (Getty Images)

US 2, Ghana 1

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A small famous sub, presumably a slightest approaching male to magnitude for a US, might have altered a team’s fortunes this World Cup.

John Brooks was bearing into a backline after Matt Besler went down with a hamstring damage and his 86th-minute idea gave a US a wilful 2-1 lead that it wouldn’t give up. Off a Graham Zusi corner, Brooks rose adult and battered a round into a belligerent and it one-hopped into a net past Ghana’s keeper.

“We have a good spirit. The US organisation always has a good suggestion and fights until a final second. It was a small bit of a startle that Jozy got injured. It was a grind, yet a smashing win during a finish of a day,” Klinsmann pronounced following a overwhelming victory.

Brooks’ idea came customarily 4 mins after Ghana had tied it up, and it seemed that this Group G thriller was headed for a draw. But notwithstanding relentless vigour from Ghana’s wingers, a US managed to deflect off a consistent conflict and work a round adult for a game-changing (hell, World Cup changing, if you’re America) corner.

The US avenged a 2006 and 2010 waste to Ghana on Monday dusk with a heart-pounding feat that might have shifted Group G’s fortunes as well, generally after Germany’s thrashing of Portugal progressing on Monday.

Clint Dempsey got a US on a house a small :32 seconds into Monday’s match, yet for a subsequent seventy-odd minutes, it was all Ghana. Tim Howard was outstanding, as was core behind Geoff Cameron. The defense, that came into a World Cup with so many doubts, stood case even as depletion and injuries took their toll.

Tireless midfielders Kyle Beckerman and Jermaine Jones any showed model hustle, movement behind mostly to assistance boost a US’s fresh backline. Both played a physicial character that was positively required opposite Ghana, that was fervent to go cleat-up a bit too often.

The durability picture from this diversion will be Brooks’ header, yet Dempsey stayed in even after holding a feet to a face. With a win, he’ll take a probable damaged nose.

Besler left a diversion during halftime, yet a bigger damage and means for regard relocating brazen has to be Jozy Altidore, who pulled his hamstring chasing down a pass from Michael Bradley. For now, damage concerns aren’t on a minds of a US team, though, as it can revelry in a wonderful, tone-setting victory.

94′ – A bit some-more fortifying and a US have a round with customarily a notation left. Ghana might have one some-more emanate in them before a alarm blows.

93′ – Must be remarkable that Brooks is one of 5 German-Americans Klinsmann enclosed on this roster.

92′ – Muntari draws a yellow off another tough plea opposite Dempsey. Don’t design a earthy play to let adult in a final few minutes.

91′ – Five mins of combined time left. Nails gone. Blood vigour up. Let’s do this.


History: Broadcast records that that was a initial US idea from a underling in World Cup history. Not a bad time to score, kid.

Brooks took Zusi’s smashing cranky (I told we he was a set-piece king) and bounced it with pace. Suddenly this is a US’s diversion to lose. Hold on boys.

86′ — GOAL!!!! JOHNNY BROOKS!!! The underling finishes off that hard-earned dilemma with a bouncing header into a net and a US takes a lead!!

85′ – Corner entrance off some some-more good work adult tip from Fabian Johnson. He’s during his best when he pinches up.

85′ – The US looks positively dumbfounded that it worked so tough for 82 mins customarily to give that up.

US needs to re-group or risk losing to Ghana for a third-straight World Cup by a magnitude of 2-1. Keep an eye on Beckerman and Bradley, a dual many fit players on a roster.

82′ — GOAL!!!! GHANA!! Andre Ayew ties it adult off a pleasing left-footed shot with a outward of his feet to a nearby post. Damn. Incredible heel crack from Gyan to set that up.

79′ – This feels like an NHL overtime as a US continues to withstand their attack. Heart-stopping.

78′ – Another good step from Cameron spurs a opposite attack, and finally, a US has reason a round in Ghana’s zone. Dempsey finally pulls a trigger, yet it didn’t have a lot on it. Still, enlivening that a US can reason a ball. Perhaps Ghana is overpowering in breathless Natal.

76′ – Bedoya looked a bit gimpy early yet played by it. His invulnerability and prophesy were glorious this evening. On comes a set-piece king, Graham Zusi.

75′ – Another predicament averted off a dangerous cranky from Asamoah. Looks like Zusi is entrance on for an tired Bedoya. Final sub.

74′ – Gotta adore that Dempsey is back, fending off this vigour from Ghana. No use in staying adult tip when a round has been low inside a US’s section for 75 percent of this half.

72′ – Michael Essien comes on in a midfield for Rabiu. Have to consternation given he wasn’t starting.

71′ – The US looks like it’s staid down a bit in a final 10 minutes, yet partial of a problem has been Michael Bradley. He’s had surprisingly small impact. Beckerman and Jones have been a studs in a midfield.

70′ – Jermaine Jones with another critical tackle along a left side. He thrives in these physical, dirty games.

Fingernails are shrinking in Chicago –

68′ – Aron Johannsson earns a corner. More importantly, a invulnerability (re. Tim Howard) can breathe. The screw misses a round off a kick, yet there’s no one to finish. Ugh.

66′ – Klinsmann is smiling. WHY ARE YOU SMILING?

64′ – Geoff Cameron with a critical retard in a box off a wide-open Gyan shot. He’s been a stone in a behind both with his feet and in a air.

Me too.

62′ – Fabian Johnson now down after a plea from behind around Andre Ayew … who yesterday likely that Ghana wouldn’t remove to a US. We’ll see…

60′ – Injuries to Altidore and Besler unequivocally putting Klinsmann in a connect in terms of subs. Defense needs a sub, yet almost can’t risk it with no some-more subs available.

Please: Can a US call a timeout? Let’s call a timeout.

SUB: Kevin-Prince Boateng in for Jordan Ayew. Boateng scored a initial idea opposite a US in 2010.

58′ – Gyan again, yet a header was a bit wide. The US with zero doing offensively and it’s customarily sitting behind and holding this pressure.

57′ – Possession’s gotta be around 65-35 in preference of Ghana via a initial 12 mins of a second. Maybe worse.

56′ – Very subsequent method and Muntari shows a pleasing cranky to Gyan who heads it over a goal. Something’s coming, and it’s not in a US’s favor. Brooks got unprotected there.

55′ – Muntari blasts one far-reaching left from 5 yards past a box and a doubt is how prolonged can a invulnerability take this pounding?

53′ – Interesting that Damarcus Beasley continues to pull adult so high on a conflict when Ghana is clearly focused on perspicacious that side. Yes, he’s fit, yet Jermaine Jones has lonesome him now twice.

UPDATE: Matt Besler was pulled as a precautionary magnitude in lieu of a parsimonious hamstring. Klinsmann couldn’t risk a gimpy centerback … he’ll live and die with Brooks. Beckerman and Jones dropping behind to help.

50′ – Brooks with an awful clearway and a US is bailed out after sketch a tainted on Asamoah Gyan. Feel like there’s going to be during slightest 4 or 5 some-more moving moments like that.

49′ – Feel like we haven’t mentioned Fabian Johnson’s name during all. Probably given Ghana’s conflict isn’t going anywhere nearby that side. Jermaine Jones drops behind to assistance out with a confusion along a left side.

47′ – Bad turnover from Bedoya on a opposite and Ghana scarcely finds itself one-vs-one opposite Howard. Danger averted.

SUB: John Brooks in for Matt Besler. Certainly looked like that hamstring for Besler. Brooks played one half opposite Nigeria with Cameron in a back. Baptism by fire, and here we go.

HALFTIME: US maintains a 1-0 lead

Dempsey goal. Altidore injury. Dempsey nose. That’s a initial half in a nutshell.

Clint Dempsey swerved a step inside a box and rifled a shot to a distant right dilemma to give a Americans a lead customarily :32 seconds into a match, yet chippy play and a few potentially critical injuries harmed a US’s opening half.

The US’s primary striker Jozy Altidore went down with a left hamstring damage and forced Jurgen Klinsmann to underling in Aron Johannsson. Only 10 mins after Dempsey was laying on a belligerent with a bloody nose after he took a feet to a face from Jordan Boye. To make matters worse, it seemed that centerback Matt Besler came adult sore on a late plea and his standing might be in doubt for a second half.

The US withstood a consistent fusillade of hurdles and crosses from a Ghanaians yet somehow managed a purify sheet. Tim Howard done a outrageous sprawling save and defenders Beasley, Besler and Cameron privileged out any wandering balls. The US’s best chances came from opposite attacks, yet if a final 20 mins was any indication, a invulnerability is going to have to container it in, presumably with Bradley changeable to a some-more defensive position. Expect some-more tough hurdles as prolonged as a US maintains this lead.

45+’ – US gets bailed out as Damarcus Beasley gets hold adult tip on a opposite conflict and Ghana’s Jordan Ayew misses a one-touch opportunity. And a US binds on (barely) with a one-goal lead.

45+’ – ANOTHER awful plea from Sulley Muntari on Jones, and a US unequivocally can’t means another injury. Shocked that didn’t pull a yellow card. The physicality of this diversion is something a US was expecting.

45′ – Corner entrance for US as we enter blocking time. Five mins combined after a few injuries.

44′ – Another severe plea from Opare on Jermaine Jones earns a US a set square low inside Ghana’s zone. Johannsson could be a aim here.

44′ – Ghana is pulling adult so high, with such relentless pressure, that a US’s customarily choice is to opposite with discerning spurts in space.

43′ – Great method from a US involving Bedoya, Johannsson and Dempsey roughly ends in a US goal. One of a few chances they’ve had given a initial minute.

41′ – Now Besler is holding his right hamstring, yet he’s staying in. LEAVE US ALONE!!

39′ – Christian Atsu with a plain cranky from a right side deflected over a idea by Gyan. Everything entrance down a left side opposite a US, directly during Besler and Beasley.

37′ – Jozy Altidore strictly with a stretched left hamstring. Dempsey’s still on.

6:36 p.m. ET: Dempsey’s nose might be damaged after this heartless plea from Boye:

33′ – And now Dempsey’s down with a bloody nose after removing kicked in a face from John Boye. Two strikers down for a US, and Wondolowski is warming up.

32′ – Tim Howard with an glorious save off a slice from Gyan outward a box. Ghana is removing way, approach some-more chances than a US.

Sorry, Landon:

30′ – Midfielder Rabiu earns a yellow with a high arm to Beckerman, who’s been removing beaten adult so far.

27′ – Ghana continues to peppers a left side of a US’s defense. Besler and Beasley bending, yet plain so far.

This print …

25′ – Awfully forward plea from Jordan Ayew on Kyle Beckerman. Dreadlocks goes down, yet looks OK.

22′ – It’s Aron Johannsson on for a harmed Altidore. The Icelandic-American is always dangerous as a aim on set pieces.

21′ – Scary impulse as Bradley lofts a round along a left side to Altidore, who immediately pulls adult lame. Looks like a left hamstring. He’s being carried off on a stretcher. It’s possibly Aron Johansson or Chris Wondolowski as a replacement.

14′ – Ghana, privately Gyan, picking on a US’s left back, Damarcus Beasley. Jermaine Jones marks over to help, and so distant there’s been no issues.

12′ – Maybe it’s given Essien and Boateng aren’t personification for Ghana, yet a margin looks far-reaching open in a core of a pitch. That’s Bradley’s territory, and he thrives in those opposite conflict situations.

11′ – A few early clearances and tackles from Geoff Cameron and a backline looks (somewhat) settled. Even had adequate communication to reason a high line, sketch an offsides.

9′ – US winning possession, personification most like Ghana was approaching to. They still demeanour stunned.

7′ – Howard tested from an early cranky by Asamoah Gyan. Nothing to it as he swallows it up.

5′ – Altidore takes a header nearby a six, yet deflects it far-reaching left. Again, could not have started better.


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Prediction: we wish I’m wrong, yet we trust that we will … pull 1-1. Prove me wrong, US.

5:55 p.m. ET: Players on a field. Anthems are being sung. And those World Cup kids are so cute.

5:41 p.m. ET: Weather has reason up, and it’s a good night in Natal. There are also a ton of US supporters in a throng as a track roared when a Americans took a field.

Everyone from a President to Drew Brees to members of a US women’s organisation have uttered their support. The US World Cup debate starts in reduction than 30 minutes.

Pregame: It’s protected to contend that a stakes have altered almost in a arise of Monday’s other Group G clash. Germany came divided with 3 points as Portugal got positively dismantled. The idea differential, joined with Pepe’s red card, bodes intensely good for a US, if, and customarily if, it can get a outcome on Monday evening.

Ghana will be blank dual of a pivotal midfielders, during slightest to start, in Michael Essien and Kevin-Prince Boateng. That should in speculation give a US an advantage in a neutral section and on opposite attacks, a standard building for Ghana. Look for Michael Bradley and Kyle Beckerman to take advantage.

(US fans bought some-more tickets to a World Cup than any other republic besides Brazil).

It’s critical to remember that nonetheless there are positively wounds from 2010, any organisation looks clearly opposite than it did in South Africa. The US has customarily 6 returning players while Ghana has customarily seven. That should giveaway a US from a weight of personification usually for revenge. Given Monday’s news, there seems to be an opening nearby a tip of Group G. Which organisation can seize that spot?

Starters for Ghana:

Starters for US:

Match Preview: This diversion is about exorcising demons for a US. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has pronounced that it’s a must-win, and for all of his candor, a US manager is dead-on when it comes to wanting a outcome opposite Ghana with Portugal and Germany looming.

After knocking a US out of a final dual World Cups, Ghana needs this outcome customarily as badly as a US does, though. The African republic has emerged out of organisation play via a final dual World Cups regulating mostly a same recipe — speed, possession and offense. It scored 18 goals in 6 subordinate games, and a dual players who notched goals to hit a US out in 2010 — Asamoah Gyan and Kevin-Prince Boateng — are both back. Gyan averaged a idea per diversion in qualifying.

The US will opposite with a recently regenerated scoring twin of Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, both of whom have immeasurable knowledge in Europe’s best leagues. Dempsey, as he was in a final muster opposite Nigeria, should be deployed as an aggressive midfielder to assistance fight Ghana’s advantage in a neutral section and to faciliate on offense. The genuine conflict will be in a midfield, where Ghana customarily dominates possession and exhausts a opponents. Much will be asked of Michael Bradley, who will need to minister on a defensive apportionment of Klinsmann’s formation, yet will also be tasked with pushing a US possession adult a pitch.

Whether a US can get a auspicious outcome mostly comes down to a behind four. You’ll have DaMarcus Beasley, Geoff Cameron, Matt Besler and Fabian Johnson as a final line of invulnerability before Tim Howard will be called upon. The executive backs don’t have good chemistry and haven’t been in an sourroundings as pressurized as a World Cup. Cameron’s bar knowledge will help, yet how exquisitely can a line promulgate when Ghana is inspiring a quick opposite attack? It’s going to take an whole organisation bid to take down Ghana, and then, and customarily then, can a US start to perform a suspicion of advancing and worry about a rest of a Group of Death.

The US has a bad slow ambience in a mouth and claims it has most to infer opposite a world’s chosen teams. A win on Monday would make Group G take notice. A detriment could describe a US debate over before it gets started.

Can Jozy Altidore means his new form opposite Ghana? (Getty Images)

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