After losing to Ghana in both the 2006 and the 2010 World Cups, it would seem the United States has exacted some level of revenge with its 2-1 victory over Ghana.
Clint Dempsey, who has scored in the last three World Cups for team USA, made sure the Americans would not find themselves in an early hole, scoring the country's fastest goal ever in the Cup. It was also the fifth fastest by any country, as Dempsey needed just thirty-one seconds to take the early lead.
While André Ayew messed up a chance to equalize before the half, he came through for Ghana in the 82nd minute, scoring past two between two USA defenders.
By this point of the match, both Jozy Altidore and Matt Besler had been replaced in the game because of hamstring injuries. And just at a time when Ghana seemed to have an upper hand in the offensive possession (The Americans boasted a mere 38.3% possession, a common occurrence for the team), John Brooks became the second hero for team USA.
He landed a perfect header into the net off of a nicely-placed corner from Graham Zusi for the 2-1 advantage that would last the rest of the contest.
The win for the Americans means a great deal for vengeful fans, but it means even more for the team after being named to what has been fittingly titled the "Group of Death," more officially group "G." Outside of the USA and Ghana, Germany and Portugal represent a very real threat to move on, Germany being the obvious favorite after slugging out a 4-0 win over the Portuguese.
With games against the other two well-versed competitors of Group G up-coming, USA will enjoy the celebrations of starting off 1-0.