Ghana vs. USA
Monday, June 16th
Estadio Das Dunas
Ghana (Black Stars)
Players to watch:
- Asamoah Gyan, forward: Scored the overtime goal that knocked out the United States from the round of 16 in 2010. Led Ghana in scoring during World Cup qualifying.
- Kwadwo Asamoah, midfielder: The star of the Ghana squad. Plays for Serie A club Juventus. Could be the most versatile player on the pitch.
- James Kwesi Appaih: Former Ghana national team captain. Played from 1987-1992. Was appointed coach of Ghana in 2012. Became the first black African coach to lead a country to the World Cup.
United States (The Yanks)
Players to watch:
- Jozy Altidore, forward: Broke a 27 game scoreless streak by netting two goals in USA's win over Nigeria.
- Jermaine Jones, midfielder: Plays Turkish club team Besiktas. One of Team USA's most athletic players.
- Michael Bradley, midfielder: Plays for Toronto FC in the MLS. Son to former Team USA head coach Bob Bradley.
- Jürgen Klinsmann: Won 1990 FIFA World Cup as a member of the West German national team. Led Germany to third place finish as head coach during 2006 World Cup. Was named head coach of Team in 2011.
Ghana and U.S.A. is likely to be a battle of the midfielders in Ghana's Michael Essien, Kwadwo Asamoah, and Kevin-Prince Boateng against U.S.A's Jermaine Jones, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, and possibly Kyle Beckerman. Ghana has the experience but the U.S. has that youthful exuberance, not to mention the chip on their shoulder after falling to Ghana in 2010. Both teams are athletic. Both teams are susceptible on defense. If Klinsmann sticks with the 4-2-3-1 that he showed against Nigeria (bringing in Beckerman to play alongside Jones and Bradley) then there's a chance the Yanks win. But it will be close.
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