Clint Dempsey scored the sixth fastest goal in World Cup history, and John Brooks scored a remarkable late goal to lead the Americans past Ghana 2-1 in their World Cup Group G match opener in Natal on Monday.
It was an incredible result, made of equal parts attrition and magic, and it took the USA to second-place in the group of death, tied with Germany on points, and behind only on goal difference.
“We needed to push and push and just grind it out,” said Jurgen Klinsmann after the match. “We have a great spirit — the USA always has a great sport. It was a little bit of shock that Jozy got injured, we had to to take [Matt] Besler out because we disn’t want to lose him too, so it was a grind but it was a wonderful win at the end of the day.”
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