World Cup 2014: United States vs. Ghana Open Thread

By 11W Staff on June 16, 2014 at 5:40p
149 Comments

[We interrupt your regularly scheduled Buckeye programming for two hours of patriotic fever.]

The US Men's National Team's journey through the Group of Death begins tonight, when they face Ghana, the team that bounced them out of the last two World Cups. In 2006, Ghana ended the United States' World Cup in group stage play, winning the final match, 2–1. The two would meet again in the 2010 World Cup – this time in the Round of 16 – and the Black Stars prevailed, 2–1 again.

Operation Shame the World begins tonight, ladies and gentlemen.

Start (ET) Group Matchup TV Internet Odds
6:00 p.m. G #13 United States vs. #37 Ghana ESPN WatchESPN, GTV USA +222, Ghana +140, Draw +253
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Jason Priestas's picture

Pretend Ghana is a communist state for a minute.

YEAH
MacG91's picture
+5 HS
Burnsy's picture

Ironically Lincoln did the opposite of defending the constitution by trampling on states rights. None-the-less, 'Merica. 

-8 HS
MacG91's picture
+3 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

I see you're in rare form MAC

MacG91's picture

Alright men lets do this!!!

Mac..yeah

jeremytwoface's picture

I BELIEVE!!!!!!

 

ESPN getting all of their commercials in before the game starts it seems....

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

Hovenaut's picture

Let's go fellas!

USA!

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+1 HS
Go1Bucks's picture

Go Bucks! err USA !

Go Bucks!

KBonay's picture

Is this game ever going to start?

Go1Bucks's picture

6pm start

Go Bucks!

jeremytwoface's picture

Beat me too it.

Bravo to whoever made this....

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

+2 HS
Jason Priestas's picture

Thanks. I made it.

BroJim's picture

lol, so funny

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Go1Bucks's picture

After watching Germany today, and seeing Spain trashed, this is now truly the group of Death, possibly.

Go Bucks!

jeremytwoface's picture

Oh man I've got chills....

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

+1 HS
jamesrbrown322's picture

 Gimme a couple of these!

 

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

+1 HS
William's picture

Time to kick some Ghanaian ass. 

Hovenaut's picture

HELL YES!

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

+2 HS
jeremytwoface's picture

30 EFFING SECONDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

+2 HS
William's picture

Uncle Sam just delivered a fucking uppercut right there. 

+3 HS
Go1Bucks's picture

Hate the flopping!

Go Bucks!

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Moved from the upstairs TV to the man - cave and missed the deuces goal - most happy missed goal ever

+2 HS
Go1Bucks's picture

LOL  couldnt sit for a minute huh..

Go Bucks!

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Nope nervous Nellie here

+1 HS
KBonay's picture

Thoughts on jerseys?

jeremytwoface's picture

I have one being delivered tomorrow... I love 'em.

I know there's a lot of debate over them. You either love them or hate them it seems.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

Go1Bucks's picture

the all Red is tough to look at on TV

Go Bucks!

+1 HS
Groveport Heisman's picture

Damn bro's I was hanging out in the day 4 I mean err 5 thread all by my lonesome. Didnt know this shit was here.

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Go1Bucks's picture

Damn, why did he bother with the cross?

Go Bucks!

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Brady Hoke ate my comment

+4 HS
Groveport Heisman's picture

Fuck we just lost Altidore to a hammy.

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jeremytwoface's picture

Oh no.....

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

Go1Bucks's picture

Altidore is Done

Go Bucks!

jamesrbrown322's picture

Oh Damn!

Call Donovan!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

+2 HS
KBonay's picture

How unpatriotic of my clients to keep calling me during the game....

+2 HS
jamesrbrown322's picture

Alitdore is vital...maybe focus more on Dempsey up top. He's a natural there. Maybe just a pull, as long as it's not a tear, he could return for Germany. Just the USA's luck.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

DJ Byrnes's picture

on gutted for jozy :'( :'(

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Seattle Linga's picture

I really like Johannsson - he's been playing well lately

+1 HS
DJ Byrnes's picture

hes definitely not bad, i just liked him in his role off the bench. we have nobody that can do what jozy does.

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jeremytwoface's picture

Exactly... That might not matter against Ghana, but it will with the other teams in the group.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Good point DJ - Jozy can create his own shot as well.

+1 HS
jamesrbrown322's picture

I think I'd rather see Wondo.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

William's picture

As do I. He's done more for AZ Alkmaar than Altidore ever did. I really don't get all of the support for Altidore, he's physically gifted, but he's so inconsistent. 

Groveport Heisman's picture

Lot  of standing around and not challenging the 50/50 balls.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

jeremytwoface's picture

USA with not much possession... That's scary with Germany and Portugal looming. 

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

+1 HS
Hovenaut's picture

That's a busted nose for Dempsey... wow.

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jeremytwoface's picture

Man I don't like these injuries....

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

Seattle Linga's picture

Clint will be fine

+1 HS
Go1Bucks's picture

No need for that dude trying to kick the ball... knew it would clip dempsey

Go Bucks!

+1 HS
jamesrbrown322's picture

Time for Bradley to STEP IT UP!!!!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Michael Bradley will be the key to us scoring again this match - dude has so much skill and sees the field better than most.

jamesrbrown322's picture

He's been invisible so far. Hopefully that changes in the 2nd half. They had better keep the pedal down and go after it. If they keep sitting back and letting Ghana dominate possession, one goal will not be enough.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

jamesrbrown322's picture

Was hoping to see more possession out of the USA...

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Agreed we seem a little anxious and hurried

+1 HS
jamesrbrown322's picture

Johanson looks LOST.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

jamesrbrown322's picture

Not getting forward at all...missing Altidore's strength and physicality. Hopefully a halftime adjustment can help.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

+1 HS
KBonay's picture

When do they start tackling?

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

I think you're ready for some football not futbol.

+3 HS
jeremytwoface's picture

Jesus... Please stop the injuries...

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

KBonay's picture

Why are they wasting RediWhip on the grass?!

+1 HS
Groveport Heisman's picture

Guano acting like they can out tough us. Funny

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

jamesrbrown322's picture

Dude, they live in Africa. They can out tough us.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

Seattle Linga's picture

These give-a-ways are frustrating

+2 HS
jamesrbrown322's picture

We should get 1.5 pts for leading at half.

Halfway to 3 points baby! Let's do this!

 

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

+1 HS
Go1Bucks's picture

hopefully more offense in second half - but good D so far.

Go Bucks!

+2 HS
jeremytwoface's picture

Possession is terrible... they gotta be able to string some passes together.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

+2 HS
Go1Bucks's picture

Yeah, they seemed to sit back and try not to make mistakes, which is good, but creates little. Need more aggressiveness from the middle.  Altidore is a big loss for us right now.

Go Bucks!

FROMTHE18's picture

the midfield is shockingly bad at defending; theres a goal out there for Ghana unless the midfield can win the ball and hold possession 

+1 HS
Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Yep. Bradley had an awful half. We need some of the midfield experience to bring this team together and settle the nerves and slow the game. 

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+2 HS
Groveport Heisman's picture

Feels like we could be down 3-1...If we dont give more effort and keep the ball more we will be lucky to draw.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

That was an ugly half. Hope we look better in the second. 

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Gillette, the best a ref can get.

LEBRON

chicagobuckeye's picture

I don't get the disconnect between the d and the mid. Good defense on the backpedal, but then can't move it from there to the middle on both sides. Need to fix that as the counter looks food

jamesrbrown322's picture

Brooks?!?!? Well crap, Besler too. Who is their trainer? Two injured hammies in one half? 

Only one sub left...hope it's Wondo around 65th-70th minute.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Good call JB - Wondo is the epidomy of "right place right time syndrome". 

Go1Bucks's picture

Surprise though - the officiating so far isn't bad.

Go Bucks!

+2 HS
jamesrbrown322's picture

Spoke too soon.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

Seattle Linga's picture

Ghana is very aggressive and will be that way the entire second half. No miscues on the back line please.

+1 HS
jamesrbrown322's picture

US has been VERY lucky, not good. Really needing to see something out of Bradley and Dempsey this half.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

jamesrbrown322's picture

D has looked BAD for about 25 minutes. Midfield not helping.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

jeremytwoface's picture

I'm scared....

 

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

+1 HS
Groveport Heisman's picture

Pressure man Pressure..Either makes diamonds or bust pipes.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

Seattle Linga's picture

Finally a good call - Ghana looks bewildered on every call against them.

+2 HS
Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

It's so disappointing to watch and think nothing other than, "its just a matter of time"

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+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

I thought you are supposed to be optimistic ??

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

We need this win especially with Portugal's blow out

+2 HS
jamesrbrown322's picture

How good is Howard, seriously! MVP!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

+3 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

One of the best in the world

+1 HS
JohnnyKozmo's picture

I'm barely a casual soccer fan-will be following the WC though.  Whatever happened to Freddy Adu?  Wasn't he supposed to be the next coming of Pele?

William's picture

He bounced around MLS, Portugal and France. Don't even think he's on a team right now. 

+2 HS
William's picture

Bradley looks awful tonight. Couldn't complete a pass if his life depended on it. 

+3 HS
Wilkins78's picture

Agreed, I've never seen him play anywhere close to this badly before.

+3 HS
ralEbuckI's picture

I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed.  With the one announcer praising him so much, I thought I was missing something.

jamesrbrown322's picture

Would love to see something out of Bradley and/or Dempsey...

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

William's picture

Jones has been the best field player for the US. 

+3 HS
jamesrbrown322's picture

As shockingly poor as Bradley has been, Beasley and Jones have played the best soccer I've ever seen from them.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

+1 HS
William's picture

This team can beat Portugal, especially after watching their meltdown today, but the Germany game is going to be September 1939 and we're the Poles. 

-1 HS
Groveport Heisman's picture

Have you been watching the same game minus 34 seconds?

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

William's picture

Yes, and Portugal is most likely without Coentrao and Pepe, their two best defenders, along with the fact that the Portuguese can't play as team. They have plenty of talent, but can't play as a team. 

Seattle Linga's picture

Zusi is very dynamic - I love his energy

+1 HS
jamesrbrown322's picture

Zusi instead of Wondo...not bad, just would rather see a better scorer. JK is content with 1-0 I guess.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

jeremytwoface's picture

I've been holding my breath since halfway through the 1st half... They need to get some possession.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

+2 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Agreed and methodically work the ball down the field

+2 HS
jamesrbrown322's picture

Looked like Johnson could have wheeled and fired that one.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

William's picture

So that's what possession looks like. Great move by Johnson. 

jamesrbrown322's picture

DAMNIT.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

jamesrbrown322's picture

I HATE GHANA!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

Seattle Linga's picture

On the back heel and side of foot shot WOW

+1 HS
Groveport Heisman's picture

Well thats been coming for 89 minutes.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

William's picture

"There's nothing you can do about that." 

Well, other than maybe possess the ball so that Ghana doesn't have the ball. 

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Come on Offense Stick one please

+2 HS
Groveport Heisman's picture

I nailed the final score and you nail the go ahead goal. We might have a trip to Vegas with our names on it.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

+1 HS
jamesrbrown322's picture

Dempsey's not right. Maybe got his bell rung in 1st half?

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Hallelujah what a header

+3 HS
jamesrbrown322's picture

Give Lalas credit - if US wins, it will be on set pieces.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

+1 HS
jeremytwoface's picture

FUCKING GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!

 

 

EXCUSE MY LANGUAGE!!!!!!11

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

+2 HS
Hovenaut's picture

Wow.

Just wow.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

+1 HS
Wilkins78's picture

Brooks makes up for getting beat!! GOALLLL!!!!!!

+2 HS
William's picture
+1 HS
Rocket Man's picture

What a great goal Mr. Brooks!!!

 

I didn't go to engineering school to be a 'people person'

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

All 11 back please

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Sigh of relief baby

jamesrbrown322's picture

Muntari's been working on a booking all game. It's about time.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

+1 HS
ITWASME's picture

This is so tense right now

+1 HS
jamesrbrown322's picture

It's like OSU-*ichigan all over again...

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

+2 HS
jeremytwoface's picture

I BELIEVE!!!!!!!!!

 

HOLD ON GENTS!

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

+1 HS
Hovenaut's picture

This is brutal...

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

+1 HS
Hovenaut's picture

Wasn't pretty, but it was gutsy.

Way to go, Team USA!

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

+2 HS
Rocket Man's picture

Third time is the charm, Ghana!

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Go1Bucks's picture

BOOM BOOM!!! HELL YES AGAIN!

Go Bucks!

+1 HS
jamesrbrown322's picture
THREE POINTS BITCHES!!!!!!!!

 

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

+1 HS
Go1Bucks's picture

Gonna have to play more sharp against Portugal, but for now...  YES!!!

Go Bucks!

+1 HS
jeremytwoface's picture

HELL YEAH!!

3 POINTS BABY

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

+1 HS
ITWASME's picture

USA! USA! USA! USA!

+1 HS
Groveport Heisman's picture

Cant let Ronaldo and his pretty hair get opportunities like that next week.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Ole Ole Ole Ole

Ole Ole Ole

+2 HS
SFBuckeye's picture

Beautiful Win!  Go USMNT!

BroJim's picture

America has the best athletes!

I season my simple food with hunger

-1 HS
Groveport Heisman's picture

Yep, And  99% of them are on multi-million dollar contracts with the MLB,NBA,and NFL. We have them though thats for sure.

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BroJim's picture

Few athletes make it pro. 

I season my simple food with hunger

Eddie-Eddie's picture

Way to go USA!!!  Got the win!  That's all that matters. 

 

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

That Tressel-ballin' during the match had me struggling to keep my food down.  Thank goodness we won... now let's play some Urban-Klinsmann ball against Portugal and Germany!

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

Hogan1's picture

Alexi Lalas is US soccer's Kirk Herbstreit .

 

+1 HS
BUCKfutter's picture

 

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

+4 HS