What a Win!
The USA had a HUGE win over Ghana yesterday in soccer’s World Cup, underway in Brazil!
The World Cup happens only every 4 years and Ghana eliminated the U.S. from the FIFA World Cup the last TWO times … so all eyes were on this match.
It started out great for the U.S. with team captain Clint Dempsey scoring just 34 seconds in to set the tone!
With that goal, Dempsey became the first American to score at three different World Cups. Later in the game he got kicked in the face accidentally and had trouble breathing.
The U.S. led 1-0 the entire game … until 82 minutes into the 90 minute game, Ghana scored to tie it up.
But in dramatic fashion, the U.S. scored with just a few minutes left in the game when 21-year old John Brooks — on the field only because he was substituting for another player who was hurt — headed in the winning goal.
Pretty amazing to score such a clutch game-winning goal in your first ever World Cup game! Many people today are saying he has a bright future . He said he had a dream about it happening exactly that way.
He looked like he was in shock moments after but the rest of his team mates, as well as Americans everywhere, erupted in cheers!
The U.S. beat Ghana 2-1.
All that being said, the U.S. is not only not expected to win the World Cup, soccer experts say they’d be lucky to make it out of their grouping.
There are four teams in their group: Ghana, Germany, Portugal and the U.S. The top two teams will advance to the next round — and Germany and Portugal are the ones expected to move forward. But there are always upsets …
(You can see ESPN’s highlights below)
Haven’t heard of John Brooks before? Here’s a little bit about him: