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Coin Flip For Saturday

The United States’s victory over Algeria was historic, and, if you are a United States fan, won’t be forgotten if you were watching it.  However, it is time for the Yanks faithful to snap out of it, because very shortly, they face a physical and dangerous Ghana side that would very much like to knock them out of the competition for the second World Cup running.

Bad blood will be flowing when the teams take the field on Saturday.  Their last meeting ended with a 2-1 Ghanian victory won off of a dubious penalty kick “committed” by Oguchi Onyewu.  Clint Dempsey scored the only goal by a United States player in Germany, and will be looking to find the scoresheet again as he typically does in big time games.  However, this time around, we are looking at a different Ghana side as well as a different United States side.

Brian McBride (L), Oguchi Onyweu (C) and Clint Dempsey (R) react to Ghana's penalty in Germany.

Six players from the United States will be present Saturday that were four years ago: Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu, Steve Cherundolo, Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra and DaMarcus Beasley.  If Onyewu is fit, he should be a sure thing to start, despite the fact that the defense played well against Algeria without “Gooch’s” help.  And other than DaMarcus Beasley, every one of them should start on Saturday.

Returning for the Black Stars is Stephen Appiah (the man of the match in ’06), ‘keeper Richard Kingson and John Paintsil.  Kingson is usually very consistent for Ghana, as is Paintsil, and unlocking their defense will be quite the task for the Americans.

So what are the keys for beating Ghana?

1.  Win the midfield – Ghana plays a 4-5-1, which means that the midfield will be crowded for Michael Bradley and Maurice Edu/Jose Torres/Ricardo Clark.  They are physical and technically adept, so it won’t be a walk around for the coach’s son, who, so far, has been many peoples’ player of the tournament for the United States.  Also, Benny Feilhaber put in a good show as a substitute against Algeria and may feature on the left hand side, with Donovan on the right and Dempsey moving up top (but we reckon this will happen later in the game rather than from the get-go).  Bradley is key in snuffing out attacks and starting new ones, if he can find his feet early in the game, impose himself on Kevin Prince-Boateng and Kwadwo Asamoah, it could mean a win for the Yanks.

Asamoah Gyan will likely be a handful for the back line as he has been all tournament.

2. Steady Defense – Oguchi Onyewu may be key to the keeping another clean sheet against Ghana, even though he wasn’t even part of the back line that did against Algeria, don’t be entirely shocked if Bradley keeps the same back four.  However, you can count on “Gooch” wanting blood in this game, as it was he who allegedly fouled Pimpong for the spot kick in 2006.  Surprisingly, Jonathon Bornstein didn’t look too bad in the last game, but, if he plays, he will be faced with more adept opponents in Anthony Annan and Prince Tagoe, both of whom are capable of skinning the haphazard left back.  Jay Demerit was a veritable rock against Algeria, and he will be key to overcoming the threat of Asamoah Gyan, Ghana’s primary hitman.  If he and Onyewu can form a steady partnership, they can neutralize his potent attacking skill.  One option for Bradley, is playing Bocanegra in the middle of the back line, because he knows Gyan better than anybody on the American team, as they are team mates at Rennes.

3. Key Performances From Big Players – Notably Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan.  I know what you’re thinking.  Well, obviously they need to have big games in order to beat Ghana, but they are more key for this game than ever.  Jozy will have a very daunting task sizing up against the physically tough John Mensah, the heart of the Black Stars’ defense.  John Paintsil is no slouch either, as the Fulham man holds his own against most clever wingers and strikers than run at him.  He is fast and defensively resolute.  Clint Dempsey will likely be deployed on the right for the start of the game, and, depending on the situation, could be moved up front.  His opposite number could be Andre Ayew or Kevin Prince-Boateng, depending on how manager Milovan Rajevac chooses to line up.  Donovan is key, as always, as he is part

Clint Dempsey celebrates his equalizer against Ghana in 2006.

of nearly every move towards goal and it will be paramount that he has a great game if the United States wants to get on the score sheet.

It’s a sizable task, but both teams will walk onto the field Saturday confident of a win.  Despite the fact that Ghana is without their talisman Michael Essien, they still have a great deal of menace and will assuredly cause trouble going forward and snuffing out attacks.  The United States have nearly everybody fit, and the lineup on Saturday should include Maurice Edu, but the striker position is still a wild card as Bradley has toyed with his options quite a bit.

Either way, the game will have plenty of chances, drama and history.  This game is a coin flip. Question is: heads or tails?


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Good job team USA, another step forward into the football world! Hopefully next time it will be another big step.

Comment by concertsNsports

I thought for sure the US would come back like they did in the Algeria match, but I was wrong. They walked onto the field like they we still on the team bus. Ghana did great and deserves to continue on! I wish them the best of luck!

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Comment by hany

It just is a great thing Ghana team is doing. Hope they’ll reach the semi-final

Comment by yveakp

don.t be sad, there’s a funtastic game

Comment by ridwan

It´s great that Ghana won. I mean there should at least one african team get as far as possible. Anything else would be very sad!

Comment by footysa2010

i love it

Comment by bilalamjad2

Hope US can someday win the world CUP. I just do not know when!

Comment by newsicare

the rest of this year I’m biting my nails for future matches

Comment by 5replica

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Sorry about this day.Lose Gana 2-1.

Comment by oasis

I’ll miss the world cup when it’s over!

Comment by qwerty

Hope Englad progress though

Comment by qwerty

Theres just one team – Brasil to win!

Comment by qwerty

come on Brasil!

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Comment by Seyhan

Awesome :)))))))))))

Comment by silviu

I think Ghana will win. The US can compete with them but they depend too much on how good a day Tim Howard is having. Also they have little of an importance on the bench in case of injuries and the like. 2-0 Ghana.

Comment by mostlymonochrome

wew, not really like the USA.
So, i hope Ghana can win this game so Africa can still breathe on this tournament

Comment by ndrew

I support Manchester United and England football teams.

Comment by Amy

Yes,i support it too

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Ghana players watch closely, because Ghana has enough physical strength ok!

Comment by didinsadidin

what your team name?

Comment by bilalamjad2

USA may, just may win Ghana… and if they do it is a great achievementfor American soccer. They have been doing better in the tournament that anybody expected , I think. Maybe the success of the team will elevate soccer’s profile from kids and girls to a “real” sport.

Comment by Songbird


Fuck Algeria..

Comment by Emmalovely

I was so shocked! I haven’t been rooting for my own country’s team EVER….but now…man, I couldn’t believe it!

The article is very well written. Keep it up!

Comment by soratothamax

I think the United States has showed some serious determination all throughout its first three games. I say U.S. goes ahead 2-1.

Comment by Nicola Orichuia

i missed the algeria game, but from the US’s performance the rest of this year I’m biting my nails for future matches

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Comment by Sohbet

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Comment by luca8

i’ve seen only one half of ghana’s play in this cup. but it seems they drop back pretty far on defense. i’d like to see michael bradley shooting some from 20-25, which may force the defense to step up a bit, creating some space for altidore and others behind that line. though bradley’s foot is not a bad one anyway.

ghana’s not yet scored in regular play in this cup. as long as we can leave some space in order to not be beat by speed, it seems like our defense matches up well against a (so far) toothless ghanian offense.

Comment by JamesBrett

I think the plain and simple key to a US victory is their ability to finish. In all 3 group games (especially the last), they really pushed the goal well and had a lot of scoring chances that didn’t work out. Obviously, this is the nature of the game, but it seems to me that against a team like Ghana, one goal is not going to do it. We’re going to need to finish some of our great set pieces and offensive drives with a goal, plain and simple.

Comment by g_cm

Looking forward to the game! Hope they can pull out a victory!!

Comment by Raul

congratulations on the victory over Algeria, USA and finally passes to the next round source

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Comment by JamesBrett

maybe he did’t watch it

Comment by 5replica

i was just meaning the comment made it sound like we’d never passed through tot he next round… maybe i misunderstood.

Comment by JamesBrett

[…] The United States's victory over Algeria was historic, and, if you are a United States fan, won't be forgotten if you were watching it.  However, it is time for the Yanks faithful to snap out of it, because very shortly, they face a physical and dangerous Ghana side that would very much like to knock them out of the competition for the second World Cup running. Bad blood will be flowing when the teams take the field on Saturday.  Their last meeti … Read More […]

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Hey, hey, hey, keep my fingers cross for your team!

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