World Cup 2014
Did you watch? Where did you watch? What was the scene like?
Final: USA 2 Ghana 1
NATAL, Brazil (AP) - After 90 brutal minutes of end-to-end action, the Americans emerged with a thrilling 2-1 win over Ghana.
"It was a grind, but it was a wonderful win at the end of the day," coach Jurgen Klinsmann said.
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Wall Street Journal: U.S. fans clad in all sorts of red, white and blue outfits dominated the stands, with Ghana's loud and proud crew tucked in a corner, beating a bass drum and playing a trumpet. At times this stadium on the northeast coast of Brazil felt like Columbus, Ohio.
Mike DeCourcy, The Sporting News: After scoring the goal, Brooks ran to the right corner and spread-eagled on the ground, perhaps fitting given the USA eagle wings he has tattooed across his shoulders. He then helped prserve the lead by knocking away a try at a tying header by veteran Ghana star Michael Essien. After the game, he was mobbed by teammates from the bench, perhaps fitting given his new status as a U.S. soccer hero.
Mike DeCourcy on Captain America: There was no need for a medical degree in order to diagnose Clint Dempsey’s injury. Heck, a tree surgeon could have gotten it right from 5,000 miles away. Anyone watching in high definition could have told you that nose was broken. Anyone who’d watched Clint Dempsey play soccer over the past decade, whether it was for the New England Revolution for Fulham or Tottenham or the Seattle Sounders — and especially for the United States of America — could have told you he’d still be on the field when the final whistle sounded.
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Grant Wahl, SI.com: NATAL, Brazil — Just when the U.S. seemed headed for a disappointing tie, John Brooks scored a monumental game-winner on an 86th-minute corner-kick header to snatch a huge three points against a Ghana team that had owned the U.S. in the World Cup. The curse is over.
ESPN: 3 points from the match
My notes...wait, what? I did soccer notes on the game?
Keep in mind, these are the observations of a soccer novice:
*How about that drama? Wow. That was a pacemaker tester. That was must see TV.
*The thing I appreciate about soccer: there may not be a lot of scoring, but there is continuous action with no commercial breaks.
*Last night, there was a goal early, 2 goals late and nerve racking, edge of your seat, hang on for life action in between.
*Talk about a fast start....Clint Dempsey scored :29 into the match.
*Dempsey's goal the fastest USA World Cup goal all-time, 6th fastest overall in World Cup history.
*USA felt like they were barely hanging on, pushed around and back on their heels with a 1-0 lead. It felt like a Ghana goal was just a matter of time....and then it was time...at 82nd minute mark... tied 1-1.
*What an answer at 86 minute mark by USA on a John Brooks headed on corner kick, 2-1 USA.
*ESPN said Brooks is 1st American sub to ever score a World Cup goal.
*1st opening round win by USA since 1930?
*Kind of cool my family saw Dempsey play for Seattle vs Columbus Crew last year.
*Jozy Altidore....injured, wow..
*Dempsey took a kick to the nose...ouch....later revealed to be broken.
*Wow, that match was physical.
*For all I've heard about Michael Bradley, where was he?
*I'm likely late to the party on this, but USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks like former Colorado/UCLA football coach Rick Neuhesiel.
*The World Cup logo is cool...those USA uniforms are not.
*I wish ESPN would change the score graphic from light blue/white to something darker.
*Next: Sunday vs Portugal....who is without nut-job Pepe, who drew a red card for a head-butt/taunt in opening game.
US defender John Brooks (3L) scores during a Group G football match between Ghana and US at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
US defender John Brooks (L) celebrates after scoring during a Group G football match between Ghana and US at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Clint Dempsey of the United States reacts after scoring his team's first goal past goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey of Ghana during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
US forward Clint Dempsey (R) vies with Ghana's defender John Boye (L) during a Group G football match between Ghana and US at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Jozy Altidore of the United States pulls up injured during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
US soccer fans watching from the pier at Hermosa Beach, California on June 16, 2014, celebrate US player Clint Dempsey's opening goal against Ghana in their first round World Cup match in Brazil. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 16: Fans gather in Grant Park to watch the U.S. play Ghana in a World Cup soccer match on June 16, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The United States defeated Ghana 2-1. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)