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Team USA Beats Ghana 2-1

 
Posted June 16th, 2014 @ 3:02pm by KFBK News

Clint Dempsey of the United States reacts after scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The United States beat their nemesis, Ghana, 2-1 in their 2014 World Cup debut game. 

Clint Dempsey scored the fastest goal by an American in World Cup history, putting the United States ahead after 32 seconds of its opener against Ghana.

DaMarcus Beasley, the first American to play in four World Cups, passed the ball on the left flank to Jermaine Jones, who sent it on to Dempsey.

Jozy Altidore left the game after straining his left hamstring in the 21st minute.

The 24-year-old forward was running down a ball with Ghana's John Boye on Monday night when he lowered his head to attempt to control it, grabbed the back of his left leg and fell to the ground.

Wincing in pain, Altidore was taken off on a stretcher and replaced two minutes later by Aron Johannsson.

The Americans' other starting forward, Clint Dempsey, also left the game briefly after being kicked in the nose later in the first half, but he returned.

The U.S. retained their 1-0 lead throughout the first half. 

In the 82nd minute Ghana answered back with a goal of their own, tying the game up 1-1. 

In the 86th minute the Team USA scored again with a head ball off a corner kick. Putting the Americans in the lead again. This goal would be enough for Team USA to win the match. 

History says the U.S. needs to win this game as the U.S. has never advanced after starting with a loss.

Thousands of U.S. fans are expected as the U.S. Soccer Federation said it sold its official allotment of about 2,000 tickets.

In the first match of the day, Germany defeated Portugal 4-0. Thomas Mueller scored a hat trick for the Germans.

Nigeria and Iran played to a 0-0 stalemate, the first draw of the World Cup.

-- The Associated Press

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