The United States scored 1′ into the game, then punched in the game winner at the 86′ mark to win their first match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Americans picked up the huge 2-1 win over Ghana, who has been their nemesis in the past. The U.S. now has three points in Group G as they look to advance to the knockout round.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad came out strong early as Clint Dempsey put the U.S. on top 1-0 right out of the gate. The Americans figured to gain some momentum from the fast start, but the heat and humidity kind of slowed it down. It also didn’t help when Jozy Altidore was lost to an apparent hamstring injury. But the United States held strong as they went into the half still up a goal.
The second half saw Ghana start to build momentum in the U.S. end of the field, but the Americans benefited from a few missed opportunities from their opponents. But Ghana was finally able to get the equalizer late, thanks to a nice goal from Andre Ayew that had U.S. goalie Tim Howard off balance. Things looked to be headed towards a draw until substitute John Brooks put in a header off a corner kick to give the United States the victory.
As for URI’s Geoff Cameron, he was stellar. He appeared to be struggling with some cramps thanks to the heat, but he was able to spoil several scoring chances for Ghana thanks to his defense. The anchor of the U.S. defense came up huge, and did Rhody fans proud.
The United States is back in action on Sunday when they face off against Portugal in their second of three games in Group G.