Revenge at Last: US Defeats Ghana 2-1
John Brooks becomes first sub to score for the US in 30 World Cup games
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 16, 2014 7:30 PM CDT
United States' John Brooks (6) celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas.   (Julio Cortez)

(Newser) – After 90 brutal minutes of end-to-end action, the Americans emerged with a thrilling 2-1 win over Ghana. US fans were screaming for revenge today after the Black Stars eliminated the Americans from the last two World Cups. They got it. At a price. Clint Dempsey scored a shocking goal a half-minute in, but the US couldn't make it stand up. Andre Ayew tied the score in the 82nd minute after a brilliant back-heel pass from Asamoah Gyan, who had eliminated the US four years ago. And then, just four minutes later, 20-year-old John Brooks rose to head in Graham Zusi's corner kick from 8 yards—the first substitute to ever score for the United States in 30 World Cup games over 84 years.

(He replaced Matt Besler, who came out at the start of the second half after feeling tightness in his right hamstring.) The defender, an unexpected addition to the American roster, was so overcome he fell to the field and was unable to move even after teammates climbed off the dog pile. He had made his national team debut only last August, and Brooks hadn't scored in four appearances. US players ran onto the field to celebrate at the final whistle, jumping as supporters chanted "U-S-A! U-S-A!" Now the Americans are in good position in Group G, where Germany opened with a 4-0 rout of Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal. Now the odds favor advancement. But that might depend on which players are able to make it on the field for Sunday's game against Portugal: Jozy Altidore's left hamstring gave out in the 21st minute; he awaits tests that will determine whether he can return for this World Cup.

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Jun 17, 2014 1:31 PM CDT
this does not interest me at all!! the only FOOTBALL I am interested is the next SUPER BOWL #50 CHAMPS!! the NEW YORK GIANTS!! go BIG BLUE!! all the way!! there ya go!!
Jun 17, 2014 8:22 AM CDT
I am happy for the US but it is crazy how the commentators are talking like they already have this in the bag. Ghana is one thing, but they have two powerful opponents to face. While I hope they beat Portugal soundly, I refuse to even think about them even scoring on Germany. But I'm more than happy to give them second in the group. ;)
Jun 17, 2014 7:59 AM CDT
"the first substitute to ever score for the United States in 30 World Cup games over 84 years." Wow, we are so far behind the world in this game. Cool to see another increase in American focus on it, though. Much more interseting game to watch than American football, in my opinion. If I watch a 'sports match of people sporting each other' once in a while, I like a game to be played. Not paused for commercials every 30 seconds.