Jun 16, 2014; Natal, BRAZIL; USA defender John Brooks is mobbed by teammates after scoring a goal in the second half against Ghana during the 2014 World Cup at Estadio das Dunas. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

USA vs. Ghana, Bandit's World Cup Recap

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USA vs. Ghana

U S A, U S A, U S A! Have three letters ever been chanted as much? (MAYBE S E C?) The USA and Ghana have a long World Cup history. Somehow they just keep seeing each other. (FIFA ILLUMINATI) Ghana had beaten the USA in 2010 and the 2006 World Cup.

The USA struck fast when after only 34 seconds of play, it was of course Clint Dempsey. Dempsey did what Dempsey does and showed off. The goal seemed to catch both the USA and Ghana off guard and gave the USA a huge bump momentum.

Ghana seemed to real a bit, that is until the half. The second half told a different story as the USA tried to wear out the clock and Ghana attacked relentlessly looking for the equalizer. Ghana got that equalizer in the 82nd minute. Kwadwo Asamoah made a crazy back heeled pass that landed right in front of Andre Ayew. Ayew then sent one right past Tim Howard and the equalizer was found.

The hearts of USA fans like myself were crushed, I saw our tournament flashing before my eyes. We are in such a difficult group. We needed three points in this game to have any hope of making out of the group.

Then out of nowhere like the 82nd Airborne John Brooks a sub got a header on a

corner kick and the world was turned upside down again. No USA sub had every scored a goal in the World Cup, until now. Brooks seemed shocked to have made the goal and feel prone on the grass while his USA teammates celebrated in dog pile fashion.

Ghana had five whole minutes of stoppage time, but it didn’t matter, Ghana was defeated. The great rival of USA soccer that had stalked us in the World Cup for so long was dead.

I couldn’t be happier that we won this game, it was just amazing, but I hated our strategy. When we attacked we looked good, we just spent a lot of time on our heels. I don’t know if it was a strategic choice to play conservatively in the second half, or if it was just a result of Ghana attacking like mad men. Either way team USA will have to play better than it did in that half if it’s going to beat Portugal.

Bandit’s Rooting Interest: U S A, U S A, U S A! I think the USA can beat Portugal if they play a good solid game. Portugal is reeling from the loss to Germany and doesn’t seem cohesive at all. We will need to be aggressive though.

Do you think team USA will make it out of the group stage? Let us know in the comments below.

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Tags: Andre Ayew Clint Dempsey Ghana Kwadwo Asamoah Tim Howard USA World Cup

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