Open Thread: USA vs. Ghana


I have to admit, the World Cup has sucked me in. USA and Ghana meet in second round today, with the winner advancing to take on Uruguay while the loser goes home. Game starts at 2:30pm ET, and can be seen on ABC. Chat about it here if you want.

Categories : Asides, Not Baseball


  1. Brad Toughy says:

    Pretty drunk rendition of the national anthem!

  2. deuce bag poster says:

    U.S.A.! U.S.A.!

  3. Brad Toughy says:

    Under/over for disallowed US goals set at 0.5

  4. Mike HC says:

    AT least they are used to playing from behind. The USA does not even start trying until they face some adversity.

  5. Brad Toughy says:

    So much for Ghana not scoring in regular play.

  6. Across the pond says:

    Not a great start at all – but they’ve started bad in all their games so far. Just need to keep it to 1 before the half

  7. Across the pond says:

    US desperately need to settle down. Get the ball down and keep it for 5-10 minutes. Need to take the sting from Ghana’s attack.

  8. Dela G says:

    as a child of ghanian parents, its always good to see ghana doing well

  9. Gonzo says:

    I’m surprised no one said there is a RAB curse on this game.

  10. Brian in NH says:

    love the world cup…hate the roller coaster ride it gives me. USA is starting to look a little more settled since the ghana goal

  11. Mike Axisa says:

    Seems like Ghana has way too much space when they have possession.

    • Across the pond says:

      They’re moving the ball very quickly. Pulling US all over the place

    • VO says:

      I agree we need to tighten down the defense, they said the ref hasn’t given out many yellow cards, so there shouldn’t be much of a worry on playing tight defense.

    • Brian in NH says:

      Ghana definitely is the faster and more athletic team here.

      If all best athletes in the US played soccer instead of basketball and football then we’d probably be dominant. Que sera…

      • futbol says:

        maybe good but i won’t say dominant. USA athletes aren’t exactly good at teamwork.

        • deuce bag poster says:

          Not like the French!

        • Brian in NH says:

          teamwork is socialist and communist!! that must be why all those leftists european and south american counties are good at soccer!!

          but seriously…imagine a team full of guys with the athleticism of people like lebron (or any of our top ballers) or the guys who roam the secondary in the NFL. Its not that they are just fast, they are fast and strong and incredibly skilled with their bodies in some very impressive ways. I bet if LeBron (or even tiger woods for that matter) grew up playing soccer 24/7 instead of being groomed for basketball or golf then maybe we’d have a much better team.

  12. cjc says:

    well Bradley just basically said way to fuck me now get out to Clark his tournament is over now confidence shot

  13. cjc says:

    fuck gotta score that damn

  14. Across the pond says:

    Crap that was a great chance to get back in this game. Poor miss.

  15. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Robbie Findley = not a good striker

    • 24fan says:

      Is Findley good enough to play as much as he has? I only watch the World Cup, but having watched every game he has been one of the least impressive US players.

  16. Brian in NH says:

    nice save by howard…defense is struggling again like all the other games

  17. deuce bag poster says:

    That was a good save by Howard.

  18. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    US game is too slow, esp. as Ghana’s defense is struggling when they play fast. Too much lateral passing.

  19. deuce bag poster says:

    Terrible first half. Yeesh.

  20. Across the pond says:

    Poor half. US look tired, not closing down the ball quickly enough in midield even though they have the extra man in there.

    Possesion wise they’ve been bad. Way too narrow, making it simple for Ghana to keep them out and when they lose the ball Ghana have all the wings to attack.

    They’ll need to spread Ghana about to give themselve more time on the ball. They need to attack Ghana’s fullbacks, thats their weakness.

    They’ve kept it to 1 though so they should take heart from that but they need to up the pace.

  21. Brian in NH says:

    for all you haters out there who are anti world cup a friend just sent this to me via stumbleupon


    a little dated (from 98) but even the hair styles one still holds true since i believe the greatest concentration of faux hawks in the world at any time is at a soccer event.

  22. Pat D says:

    Haven’t been aggressive enough on offense and have been sloppy, at best, on defense. Need to put this together pretty quick.

    In more important happenings, seeing Bill Clinton and Mick Jagger sitting together has to be some kind of wonderful.

    • Across the pond says:

      What are the commentators saying on TV over there?

      Irish analysts were still somewhat optimistic of US chances

      • Brian in NH says:

        a little optimistic since the US has had a penchant for scoring late…and the US looks a little lively but they aren’t super positive about it i don’t think

      • Pat D says:

        They did say that Ghana played better in the first half but that there was a long way to go.

  23. deuce bag poster says:

    You have to fucking score there.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

      That’s a difficult shot, but nice built-up play.

      • deuce bag poster says:

        All he has to do is chip it over the goalie. Easier said than done, obviously, but you have to make that play in the World Cup.

        • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

          He was like 2 or 3 yards away from the goalie and hardly had an angle to chip the ball over the goalie.

          • deuce bag poster says:

            I disagree. That was a very makeable play. You’re in the World Cup, and your team is down by one. Make that play.

            • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

              Have you ever played soccer? Doesn’t matter if this World Cup, that is not an easy shot.

              • deuce bag poster says:

                Yes, I played soccer. It’s not an easy shot, but it was very makeable and in the World Cup, you have to capitalize on opportunities like that.

  24. Across the pond says:

    Lively start. Another great chance missed though.

    I like Bradley as a manager, he’s not afraid to make chances before its too late.

  25. Across the pond says:

    This is much better, starting to expose Ghana at the back. Bradley is really starting to control the midfield. Need a bit more from Donovan though.

  26. Rob Has no Innings Limit says:

    Boy Bob Bradley’s pre-match alignment adjustments sure paid off.

  27. Rob Has no Innings Limit says:

    Altidore needs more seasoning in the EPL. He’s not ready for this yet.

  28. Brian in NH says:

    Wow that was a scary moment where the Ghana player seemed to have a wide open space towards the net

  29. deuce bag poster says:

    Penalty kick!

  30. ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

    Nailed it.

  31. Across the pond says:

    GET IN! Smashing pen

  32. deuce bag poster says:


  33. Rob Has no Innings Limit says:

    YES! Clinical finishing by Donovan.

  34. Brian in NH says:

    bout friggin time we got a goal!!

  35. MrJigginz says:


  36. deuce bag poster says:

    BTW, there was no penalty. But I’ll take it anyway.

  37. Across the pond says:

    They really need to keep pushing. They have Ghana on the ropes here.

  38. SF Yanks says:

    I’ve hated soccer my entire life but that was awesome. I’ll be watching for as long as US is in it.

  39. VO says:

    Sorry I’m late but.
    *clears throat*

  40. deuce bag poster says:

    The Ghana goalie is playing outstanding. Really a superb job.

  41. Across the pond says:

    This US team is one good striker away from being a very top team in world football.

    Maybe Altidore can be that player in the future but right now he’s just a bit raw.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

      They also need a good full-back. Bocanegro is more of a left back and DeMerit and Onyewu are not good enough.

      • Brian in NH says:

        I think that Onyewu is on the team because people like to call him “gooch”

        maybe he could land some sort of sponsorship deal with Gucci and Schooly D

      • Across the pond says:

        Good point, but they are at least disciplined enough to keep their team in a game.

        The lack of a true finisher to put away all these chances is a killer. They should be 3-1 up now.

        • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

          They will have big problems against the top strikers. Imagine DeMerit against Suarez and Forlan of Uruguay.

          But I agree about the striker lacking. What is Eric Wynalda doing these days?

          • deuce bag poster says:

            I like how you say “will” and not “might”. Absolute faith in the U.S. FTW.

            • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops says:

              LOL. I’m not even American. You could substitute Suarez and Forlan for other fast strikers like Torres, Villa, Messi, Higuain, Robinho etc.

    • Rob Has no Innings Limit says:

      I agree about Altidore. He’s got the size, pace and skill but he drifts in and out of effectiveness and loses his touch here and there. He’s only 20 so here’s hoping he gets some seasoning with Hull City or better yet, signs on with a club that hasn’t just been relegated.

  42. Rob Has no Innings Limit says:

    Bradley had more room to work with than he realized there…

  43. deuce bag poster says:

    U.S.A. has trouble holding onto the ball.

  44. deuce bag poster says:

    What shitty, shitty luck.

  45. Brian in NH says:

    Free Kick!

  46. deuce bag poster says:

    What in the world was up with that free kick?

  47. Rob Has no Innings Limit says:

    Poor effort from Dempsey. 30m is a little long for a driven kick.

  48. Brian in NH says:

    not sure if i wanna see this go all the way to PKs. I can’t handle that kind of pressure.

  49. Across the pond says:

    Looks like we’re heading to extra time. US look the fitter side so that’s promising

  50. Rob Has no Innings Limit says:

    I do not like this.

  51. Across the pond says:


  52. Pat D says:

    Just terrible.

  53. Rob Has no Innings Limit says:

    Horrible, horrible defending.

  54. deuce bag poster says:

    So. This game. Sucks, eh?

  55. Across the pond says:

    What is it with this team and first halfs? They’ve gone back to how they played for the first 45

  56. deuce bag poster says:

    The Ghana goalie is just kicking ass.

  57. deuce bag poster says:

    10 minutes left.

  58. deuce bag poster says:

    This corner may be our last chance. Not optimistic.

  59. Brad Toughy says:

    The US has led for a whopping 206 seconds in this World Cup.

  60. Jose the Satirist says:

    Tough loss. Ghana knew how to burn the clock once they got the second goal.

    • deuce bag poster says:

      If we’re being objective, U.S. didn’t play very well. Their only goal was a PK. That being said, the Ghana goalie played one of the best games by a goalie I’ve ever seen.

  61. deuce bag poster says:

    What a shame. What. A Shame.

  62. Across the pond says:

    Hard luck. That’s a tough loss but absolutely no shame in that performance after the first half.

    They should have won the game in normal time, but thats football.

    • deuce bag poster says:

      A couple times they had chances, but I think, looking at it objectively, that they were outplayed. They had a terrible first half, a great first 15 minutes or so in the second half, and then they were more or less evenly matched with Ghana. Overtime they were way outplayed.

      U.S. has nothing to be ashamed of, but I don’t think it was solely a hard luck loss.

      • Jose the Satirist says:

        1st half the US was outplayed. 2nd half I really think the US was better than Ghana. They went from only around 37% possession to over 50% by the second half. Once OT came, Ghana scored a goal very quickly and just had to play clock burner. US wasn’t really horrible, there attempts just didn’t pan out. I say this completely objectively.

        • deuce bag poster says:

          U.S. wasn’t embarrassed by Ghana or anything. Definitely not. But I think that in the second half they dominated for the first 15 minutes or so and thenplayed about an evenly matched game. Bad OT.

        • Across the pond says:

          I agree. Normal time was very equal. Ghana dominated the first half but the US were more than equal in the second half.

  63. Pat D says:

    Well at least I can go back to not caring now.

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