Skip to comments.Team USA wins its World Cup opener
Posted on 06/16/2014 7:36:42 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
NATAL, Brazil - After 90 brutal minutes of end-to-end action, the Americans emerged with a thrilling 2-1 win over Ghana.
"It was a grind, but it was a wonderful win at the end of the day," coach Jurgen Klinsmann said.
U.S. fans were screaming for revenge Monday after the Black Stars eliminated the Americans from the last two Cups.
They got it. At a price.
Clint Dempsey scored a shocking goal a half-minute in, but the U.S. couldn't make it stand up. Andre Ayew tied the score in the 82nd minute after a brilliant back-heel pass from Asamoah Gyan, who had eliminated the U.S. four years ago.
And then, just four minutes later, 21-year-old John Brooks rose to head in Graham Zusi's corner kick from 8 yards - the first substitute to ever score for the United States in 30 World Cup games over 84 years. The defender, an unexpected addition to the American roster, was so overcome he fell to the field and was unable to move even after teammates climbed off the dog pile. He had made his national team debut only last August, and Brooks hadn't scored in four appearances.
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Incredible win for us. Now it’s on to Portugal. We might stand a chance if they play as badly as they did against Germany.
Yes — watched it live (and we never watch sports!).
Great game :-)
Well, you gotta start sometime John, might as well do it at the top.
Good game, the side’s starting to show some of those Euro touches now.
Moderator pulled my thread over copyrighted images. Huh? Its fair use?
There’s no respect for old fashioned patriotism around here!
What a workout that was to watch! I have to think we have a chance against Portugal. They won’t have Pepe and didn’t look too good otherwise.
That’s not to say we looked that great either. Aside from a couple great individual efforts, we were dominated. But that’s soccer. Great that we have some size for the set pieces.
Bring on pretty boy!
Na Ghana, Na Ghana, NaGhana defeat the U.S. today.
Screw soccer. USA is already world champions in real football, basketball, baseball, and all other real sports that matter. Okay, scratch baseball.
Correct. We should stick to sports where it’s easy to score and the ones we are good at. To do otherwise is un-American.
We got by far the toughest group, if we advance it will be nothing short of miracle. Go USA!
If a goal is multiplied by seven, a 2-1 score would be a respectable 14-7 grind. Add a periodic penalty kicks and multiply those by 3, then you might even have an exiting 31-24. Oh and allow a few concussions and periodic beer and bathroom breaks.
That’s what bothers me the most about the NFL (and I still watch). Lately, it appears to exist in order to sell me Cialis.
Enjoy! I get p*ssed off when we can't show the joy in this country for fear of getting sued.
Baseball and American “football” are silly games that should not be played past high school. Any game where 99% of time is spent standing around out of play is not a sport. It is an “activity” designed to keep inner city kids from joining drug gangs. Basketball is a sport but you basically have to be a 7 foot black dude to play. I will take real football over any of these every day of the week.
They may have lost Pepe, but they have enough weapons to beat us without him and they are motivated after getting spanked by Germany.
We shouldn't have beaten Ghana given the possession differential, the defense was incredible and Howard was the MVP.
But the US played far better than Iran or Nigeria in that sloppy mess they played. We belong in this tournament - beating Portugal would be a major step in the right direction.
I checked it. It doesn’t say anything about BBC photos taken from its website.
Have they changed their policy since you last updated it? I know in posts, you can quote only an excerpt. What about photos? Is there a limit?
Great win for the old U.S. of A. !!
Folks have to realize that we weren’t really all that competitive in the past - even if we lost 0-2 or 0-3...other teams just got their goals and rested. To beat a pretty good Ghana team and “maybe” have a chance against Portugal (don’t bet the farm on that) is pretty cool.
USA has finally figured out how to be competitive in soccer - did you see our team? If they had put our guys in the uniforms of Cuba I wouldn’t have noticed anything...swarthy young men with a German coach...that’s how you do it. Nothing against our suburban boys - but you gotta do what you gotta do to win. The “Son’s of the Mayflower” aren’t what we put out there in Basketball either :^)
Football will never be as popular as other sports but its developed a sizable following here, especially among young people.
People just felt elated we won. It’ll never be taken away from us even if Team USA doesn’t make it to the final.
Some of the photos you posted were watermarked Getty, and AP. Sorry, but them’s the rules.
Ok. They didn’t make that clear on there - its hard to see watermarks. I assumed they all were BBC property.
I’ll follow the rules.
I don’t think as a team sport, the MLS is ever going to compete with the NFL, or MLB.
But more and more, Americans are following the Top-Flight European Leagues. And also support of the National Team is becoming more typical of support of the National teams around the world. Americans have bought the most WC tickets of any country outside of Brazil...actually this has been the case for the last few WCs.
What’s missing is that household name, that American “Messi” or “Ronaldo”. The one who can inspire young kids the pursue playing the game at the highest levels.
I think that’s the true.
That said, the MLS will remain profitable because it has found a way to bring football in line with American tastes without compromising the classic game.
There’s a lot of new talent. We’re not the best in the world to be sure but we’re getting there.
And where “world series” only include american teams!!
“We shouldn’t have beaten Ghana given the possession differential, the defense was incredible and Howard was the MVP.”
I’m glad the US won, but I agree with you, Ghana dominated the game and had oodles more scoring opportunities.
One thing the MLS needs is rivalries...They are the bread and butter of club soccer. I’m talking a less violent version of Celtic-Rangers. Perhaps the new New York club will develop a good Derby with Red Bull.
Even in the old NASL days, the Strikers-Rowdies were the Yankees-Red Sox of professional soccer.
Well, North American teams.
They squandered all of them due to a very aggressive US defense and some meticulous US goal-tending.
They could have played far better than they did. They still got beaten fair and square.
Ghana is a damn good team. But the US did a good job of battening down the hatches and not allowing passes to go into the box, save for the Ghana goal.
Canada doesn’t count as a foreign team. I remember my first trip to Canada (British Columbia), as far as I was concerned it was just another state - same fast food places, similar stores, same ambiance, the only difference the people were slightly more polite, and they had flower baskets hanging all over the place.
I come from an area where they’ve been playing soccer instead of football as the fall high-school sport for at least sixty years. Here are the two biggest problems with professional soccer that we don’t see at the high school level that leave me cold: “flopping” and other fakery on the field, and playing for two hours to a 0-0 tie, then deciding the game on 5 penalty shots.
I would also like to note that hockey and soccer are basically the same game, but hockey does not have these problems. Indeed, I’d say make it more like hockey: when you call a penalty on a guy, put him in a penalty box for five minutes or whatever. Two penalties, two guys in the box.
The one change I would make is instead of PKs, keep the game going but with unlimited substitutions, so players don’t get worn out.
Note that hockey games are now decided by penalty shots. (Never understood why we needed to legislate draw results out of the game).
Football games are now decided by an extra period in the playoffs and if that’s still tied, by a team kickoff shootout.
As far as NFL football is a cool game (and it is), the fact that the league cannot decide how to end a game points to a deficiency. I stopped following the “extra time” NFL rules when the announcers couldn’t explain what they are.
Whoops, I guess it’s been a number of years since I gave up even occasionally watching hockey, when they played seasons of 100 games to knock 5 teams out of a 20 team league.
Hey old-timer, I still remember when NHL and NCAA football games could end in a draw. It worked for me, but not for the execs.
Yup. But our goalie played like a mad man. As in awesomely.
He sure did - he should get the MVP for that game.
Back to this here futball game they are talking about, did they just say they had 3 baskets in 90 minutes? Man, that must have been one exciting as heck game!!! Prolly lots of hootin and hollerin and jumping up and down in their cute shorts n all. How many quarters are in one of their games?
It’s five sets to the match for men, three for women. I believe the U.S. won by a single run.
Go away, wuss. (And don’t bother responding, I ain’t reading it)
This guy must be on the wrong web site. DU is more your speed?
“I hate soccer. It’s too hard to score, and the other teams are good.” LOLOL
Canada doesnt count as a foreign team. I remember my first trip to Canada (British Columbia), as far as I was concerned it was just another state - same fast food places, similar stores, same ambiance, the only difference the people were slightly more polite, and they had flower baskets hanging all over the place.
Using that criteria, the entire world is just another US state. Our fast food is everywhere.
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