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Dempsey, Brooks give US 2-1 win over Ghana


NATAL, Brazil (AP) -- Clint Dempsey scored in the first minute and rookie substitute John Brooks scored a late game winner as the U.S. defeated Ghana 2-1 Monday in the World Cup opener for both.

The victory gave the Americans a measure of revenge against the tiny West African county that knocked them out of the previous two World Cups and put the U.S. and Germany on top of the Group G, with Ghana and Portugal at the bottom.

Dempsey's goal came on a low shot just 32 seconds into the match. Ghana dominated much the rest of the game, and Andre Ayew leveled in the 82nd minute.

Just four minutes later, Brooks - a 21-year-old who came on at halftime because Matt Besler was injured - scored off a corner from Graham Zusi. It was the first time an American sub had ever scored in the World Cup.

Dempsey's goal made him the first U.S. player to score in three different World Cups and was the fastest ever scored by an American in the tournament.

Dempsey's goal showed the kind of technical flair seldom seen from a squad that typically scores through set pieces. Brooks' game winner came in the waning minutes as the Americans were desperately trying to survive waves of attacks from Ghana.

DaMarcus Beasley, who became the first American to play in four World Cups, started the buildup to Dempsey's goal with a pass to Jermaine Jones, who fed it to Dempsey inside the penalty area.

With a nifty move to split defenders John Boye and Sulley Muntari, Dempsey sent the left-footed shot past goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey, where the ball bounced off the post and in.

Already ahead after the game had barely started, the Americans looked well on their way to erasing eight years of frustration caused by Ghana.

Ghana regrouped at halftime and the U.S. looked punchless on the attack after losing striker Jozy Altidore to an apparent hamstring injury in the 21st minute. Ghana applied relentless pressure on U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard and finally drew even when captain Asamoah Gyan flicked a backheel pass to Ayew, who used the outside of his left foot for a powerful shot.

Ghana was still pressing for a winner Brooks delivered the header. He appeared shocked to have scored, raising his hands to his head before falling to the ground to be mobbed by his teammates.

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jcva33 June 16 2014 at 8:31 PM

We did it!!!!!

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James M. Adams June 16 2014 at 9:09 PM

Our president is crying his eyes out

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Chip June 16 2014 at 9:08 PM

It was tough to lose Altidore, but the USA did what they had to do to win the game. Well done, guys! A win vs Portugal gets them out of the group, and a tie probably does. Go USA!!!

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Mike June 16 2014 at 9:02 PM

don't know much about the game, but I watched almost the whole contest. Great to see the USA win.

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dvdfrnzwbr Mike June 16 2014 at 10:12 PM

What you witnessed is how a hack team beats a good team on an off night.

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FRED Mike June 17 2014 at 5:29 AM

This has got to piss BO off.

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debnaert June 16 2014 at 8:36 PM

Are there ANY whites in American sports anymore??????????? Why the segregation?

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Stewei08 June 16 2014 at 8:39 PM

Yes we won but the team really looked like crap. Too many poor passes, Except for a couple of thrust into their side of the field the USAe would find away to give it early. Ghana had the ball twice as long as we did. No way to win a world cup.

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dtrevdav1 Stewei08 June 16 2014 at 8:43 PM

You got that right. They gave Ghana too many chances close in. Those guys simply blew their opportunities.

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marita Stewei08 June 16 2014 at 10:19 PM

But it have been an enourmous advance with this sport.. this is a real world cup....let see what would be in 8 yrs

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MISS ELVIRA !!!! June 16 2014 at 8:31 PM

Good deal!!!

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jesuaphn June 16 2014 at 8:53 PM

I am sorry to say that we deserved to loose that game. we had no control of the ball most of the game, lacked tactics and played only defense. On the other hand Ghana played a far superior game nut was unlucky it its attempt to score. Having said that I am glad we got the three points in our group. Our team needs to get their s*#t together if we are going to advance.

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mariealicer June 16 2014 at 8:37 PM

Nice beginning. U.S.A. baby. We can compete with any other countries in the tournament.

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Paula mariealicer June 16 2014 at 10:44 PM

Not quite sure about that ! It was a wonderful win, guts and glory and all that, but wait until we play Germany ... ouch!

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davidcraf June 16 2014 at 9:04 PM

USA played defensively. When needed to attack destroy. Go USA

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