BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Eight years later, American soccer fans finally enjoyed the sweet taste of victory over Ghana, a team that has had the Americans’ number in past World Cups.
Fans of the U.S. men’s national team gathered at Good People Brewing Company Monday afternoon in Birmingham as the U.S. opened its Group G play against Ghana, a team that had beaten the United States in the two previous World Cups.
Clint Dempsey took a pass from Jermaine Jones and moved towards the 18-yard box just seconds into the game. Dempsey cut back and moved past Ghanaian defender John Boye and scored to give the United States a 1-0 advantage just 34 seconds into play.
The Ghanaian side applied pressure for much of the match, outshooting the U.S. 21-8.
Just a few minutes later, the United States earned a corner kick. Midfielder Graham Zusi served the ball in and John Brooks, who was a halftime substitute for Matt Besler, headed it home to give the United States the 2-1 lead.
At Good People, fans erupted into a joyous frenzy for both American goals. The United States now sit atop Group G with Germany, who knocked off Portugal 4-0 Monday.
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