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Ghana Ends USA’s World Cup Run

June 26, 2010

I was planning to watch the USA take on Ghana in the 2010 World Cup from the comforts of my own home.  However, these plans changed and instead I watched the game at Steve and Charlotte ’s house.

After making a provisions run to Winn-Dixie we were ready to watch the game.  I settled in, cracked open a beer and then watched Ricardo Clark inexcusably cough up the ball in the midfield that resulted in a goal for Ghana .  It was less than 5 minutes into the game and the USA was already trailing.

Things were looking pretty grim but the Americans collected themselves and their attack became better organized.  This led to several chances and the Americans continued to threaten in the second half.  Clint Dempsey was then hauled down in the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot.  Landon Donovan kissed the post and buried the penalty shot in the back of the net to even the score at 1-1. 

Ghana and the USA then tightened down defensively while looking for a way to break through.  Both teams failed to do so, and at the end of regulation the game remained tied.

In extra time the USA again gave up an early goal and found themselves trailing 2-1.  Despite a valiant effort to even the score again the Americans could not and they ultimately lost the match.  While Ghana ’s player’s actions including faking various injuries to waste time were questionable, the USA ’s porous defense was the true cause of their defeat.

With the loss the USA ’s World Cup is over.  I was a little bit disappointed but not truly gutted as they had a good run and played some very entertaining games.  I hope they qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and pray they can find a striker who can score by the time that tournament gets underway. 

On surprising observation, despite Steve and Charlotte both not being soccer fans they each admitted that watching the game was entertaining.  I hope that other non-soccer fans walked away from the game with the same attitude, and soccer can continue to slowly grow in the United States . 

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