U.S. Edges Ghana in World Cup Action

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Published on June 17 2014 6:22 am
Last Updated on June 17 2014 6:22 am
Written by Millie Lange

(Natal, Brazil) -- John Brooks scored late on a header off a corner kick as the United States escaped with a 2-1 win over Ghana to open World Cup play in Natal, Brazil. Clint Dempsey gave the U.S. a 1-nil lead by scoring 29 seconds into the match, which is the fifth fastest goal in FIFA World Cup history.

Dempsey suffered a broken nose later in the game while striker Jozy Altidore left in the first half with a strained hamstring. Defenseman Matt Besler was also subbed at halftime with a hamstring injury. The Americans avenged losses to Ghana in the last two World Cups.

The U.S. faces Portugal in its next match Sunday. Portugal was shut out by Germany 4-0 to open Group G play earlier Monday.