For much better previews of the United States side than I could write, check out:
- The Yanks Are Coming
- CBS Sports
- SI's Grant Wahl looks at the US fans in Natal
- SI's Brian Straus tries to downplay the revenge factor
5. Founder's Day Celebrates a Socialist
Ghana celebrates Founder's Day on September 21, the birthday of Ghana's first President Kwame Nkrumah. Nkrumah was a documented socialist who was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize by the Soviet Union in 1963. He was overthrown from power in a military coup in 1966 at a time when he was abroad in the People's Republic of China and Vietnam. This is significantly less cool than celebrating September 21 as the day The Hobbit was published.
Starting with #WereGhanaWin, the puns are just pouring across Twitter. And most of them are awful. I'll spare you the groaning that would ensure from posting a bunch of them. But here's a brief look at the horror:
I'd try to come up with a play on words for the big soccer game today but I'm sure if I did it was Ghana suck.
— Suck Meter (@SuckMeter) June 16, 2014
Let's go @USASoccer! We Ghana win today!
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 16, 2014
3. RIP Bob Bradley
Bob Bradley was the coach of the US Men's National Team in 2010 when they were shocked by Ghana in the Round of 16 when Asamoah Gyan scored in extra time. Bradley was relieved of his coaching duties in 2011 and replaced by Jurgen Klinsmann.
2. Casket Matches
In 2006, the United States entered the last match of Group play against Ghana with just 1 point, earned in a crazy draw with Italy that saw multiple players sent off. Ghana and the Czechs had 3 points and a win over Ghana coupled with a Czech loss to Italy would have sent the United States through to the knockout stage. The Italians did their part disposing of the Czechs, but Ghana topped the United States 2-1 and sent the American team home from Germany with their names at the bottom of the group table.
Four years later, the US met Ghana again in the Round of 16 after the US topped their group. The Americans looked poised for a deep run as powerhouses Argentina, Germany and Spain were on the opposite half of the bracket and they would not have to face Germany or the Netherlands until the semi-finals. However, with the match sent to extra time, this happened:
The US never recovered and left South Africa much the same way they left Germany.
1. Asamoah Gyan