The United States had their backs against the ropes against Ghana in the World Cup. Tied at 1-1 Ghana had just scored in the 83rd minute to tie the game after Andre Ayew scored just over US goalie Tim Howard.
Following that goal, John Brooks, in his first competitive action, put the U.S. back ahead on a header off a corner kick.
Brooks entered at halftime as an injury substitute for Jozy Altidore, and he proved he had been the proper choice for U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann at the roster cut-down last month drew much scrutiny after Landon Donovan was left off it.
21-year-old John Brooks is the youngest American to score a #WorldCup goal since Landon Donovan in 2002.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) June 17, 2014
It's not American football, and this wasn't an NFL Sunday, but those last 10 minutes were about as exciting as the fourth quarter of any football game I've seen recently.
As for Altidore, who suffered hamstring injury that forced him off after 20 minutes, the team announced it was a strain, which at least keeps open the possibility he can return later in the tournament. A tear though certainly would certainly mean his tournament is over, and it's unlikely the US can know this soon without having an MRI done.
For now, the US is 1-0 in this World Cup Tournament.