Team USA beats Ghana 2-1 in World Cup opener, Jozy Altidore strains hamstring

USA won their first game, but it may have come at a steep price

6/17/14 in Soccer   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Jun 16, 2014; Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, BRAZIL; United States defender John Brooks (6) is hugged by midfielder Julian Green (16) after his winning goal to beat Ghana 2-1 during their 2014 World Cup game at Estadio das Dunas. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY SportsThe United States emerged victorious, beating Ghana 2-1 in their first match of the 2014 World Cup.

Clint Dempsey got the Americans off to a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the game, but the Ghanaians wouldn't give up. In the 82nd minute, Andre Ayew scored to tie the match at 1-1.

Things were looking bleak for the United States, who desperately needed a win over Ghana before predictably tough matches against Portugal and Germany.

USA star Jozy Altidore went down with a hamstring injury. His replacement, John Brooks, ended up being the hero with a goal in the 86th minute of the match to put the United States in the lead for good.

This is a huge win for the United States over a tough opponent who had eliminated them from the previous 2 World Cups. This is a monkey off their back for sure, and perhaps now they can sneak at least a tie against Portugal, who struggled mightily in a 4-0 loss to Germany, and advance beyond the group stage.

The loss of Altidore, if he misses more time, could be quite costly for the US. Although Brooks played well and scored the goal, Altidore is one of the team leaders and best players. If he's out for an extended period of time, it could spell doom for the Americans.
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6/17/14   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Michael Bradley was sort of a no show that game...  I think he may have touched the ball maybe three or four times?   And he wasn't moving like I would expect him to.  Wondering if he is 100%...

6/17/14   |   Scott   |   52804 respect

The United States certainly has had a flare for the dramatics in the last couple of World Cups.