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Ghana vs USA, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

For viewers in the United States, here’s where you can watch the game between Ghana and the United States (6pm ET/3pm PT kickoff time).

• English language: ESPN and WatchESPN
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network and Univision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Starting line-ups:

United States: Howard, Bradley, Besler, Beasley, Dempsey (c), Bedoya, Jones, Beckerman, Altidore, Cameron, Johnson.

Ghana: Kwarasey, Gyan, Opare, Atsu, A. Ayew, Muntari, J. Ayew, Rabiu, Mensah, Asamoah, Boye.

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

SEE MORE — Everything you need to know about the World Cup.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

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73 Comments

73 Comments

  1. Flyvanescence

    June 16, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Wow what a game and we need Besler back something fierce.

  2. R.O

    June 16, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    What a day and tomorrow it’s Brazil-Mexico. Mexico have a good track record vs Brazil

    Also see what Belgium is like and Russia and So. Korea.

  3. Guy

    June 16, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Soccer haters can bite me. No other sport can give you what we just watched on a world stage.

    • jtm371

      June 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Guy
      Could not agree more all the haters its boring no scoring. This match tonight was action from start to finish. It is their lose and our gain. Like you said BITE ME HATERS. It is a great game. 🙂

      • jtm371

        June 16, 2014 at 8:29 pm

        loss not lose 🙁

  4. Huw Roma

    June 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I’m waiting for the day I hear a British commentator say ‘they’ve worked their asses off tonight.’

    • Smokey Bacon

      June 16, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      They worked their arses off, how’s that?

  5. Smokey Bacon

    June 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Not to rain on anyone’s parade but I just cannot see them keeping out a motivated Ronaldo. And forget Germany, they are too good. Somehow they need to get a point off Portugal. They will not do it sitting back and giving the ball away.

    • R.O

      June 16, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Here’s what I felt would have (have to happen). USA win vs Ghana, tie Portugal. If Germany win both their games, that’s 6 pts they only need 1 point to advance and win group.

      USA will only need 1 point to advance. Germany and USA will play for the draw.

      That’s my feeling. We’ll see.

      • Smokey Bacon

        June 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm

        I like your thinking. Germany are no strangers to manufacturing a result – see Austria in 1982. Low and Klinsmann are mates. Could happen I suppose.

  6. Guy

    June 16, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I am freakin’ exhausted. Think I hear Kilchoman calling.

  7. R.O

    June 16, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Wow, what a day. whew.

  8. Smokey Bacon

    June 16, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    It was not pretty but job done! Mission accomplished for Klinsmann. It’s all cake from here.

    One miracle on ice down, two to go. Well done lads!

    • Jeff

      June 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Smokey, you said in an earlier ‘live thread’ for the Germany/Portugal game that the US had an opportunity after the result of that game. They made everyone ride a crazy roller coaster ride but they took full advantage of the opening

      • Smokey Bacon

        June 16, 2014 at 8:32 pm

        The roller coaster of emotions is why the World Cup is the pinnacle of the sport. This game had everything the sport has to offer. Maybe a big breakthrough for the sport in this country.

  9. jtm371

    June 16, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Bradley better pull his head out of his a$$ for the next match. How you don’t take the ball to the corner is beyond me.

    Great team win.

    • Guy

      June 16, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      That was shocking.

      • De Selby

        June 16, 2014 at 9:08 pm

        Suicidal. What on earth was he thinking? Bradley was completely terrible all game. Not sure what is going on with him.

  10. Guy

    June 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    3 points is 3 points.

  11. jtm371

    June 16, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Brooks will be the hero but Johnson hustled to cause the corner.

  12. jtm371

    June 16, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    OMG!:)

  13. Smokey Bacon

    June 16, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    YES!

  14. Smokey Bacon

    June 16, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Donovan off the bench right now would have been a good move. Experience required.

    Fearing the worst.

  15. jtm371

    June 16, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Bradley is going to have to answer for his dismal display. Has been awful all night.

  16. Smokey Bacon

    June 16, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Don’t lose your heads. Keep it 1-1 at least.

  17. Smokey Bacon

    June 16, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Jermaine jones has been outstanding. Tremendous work rate outshining Bradley in the middle.

  18. jtm371

    June 16, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Jones is playing a very good match. Very impressed with his composure.

  19. Guy

    June 16, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    You know we’re in trouble when our best play is a back pass to Howard.

  20. Smokey Bacon

    June 16, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Ghana knocking on the door.

  21. Guy

    June 16, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    We can NOT let them keep doing this!

  22. Smokey Bacon

    June 16, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Attack is the best form of defense as far the USA is concerned. Play the game in their half.

  23. goisles01

    June 16, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Am I missing something or going up with a header while leading with your feet head high is a bit reckless?

    • jtm371

      June 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      I thought the same thing. I think you should be in control of all body parts.

  24. R.O

    June 16, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    2nd half US needs possession game, hold the ball longer, make Ghana chase the game and with that ball possession keep Ghana back on their heels.

    As with almost any team (except Italy and Chelsea ) it’s tough to absorb attack after attach even when those attacks aren’t of quality. Eventually, a player and ball could sneak in.

    Add the heat and humidity, I don’t know.

  25. Smokey Bacon

    June 16, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I wish I was watching the game at that bar in Hartford, Connecticut!

    The away shirt seems to be a top seller too.

  26. Guy

    June 16, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    They can shut up about Altidore. Him missing isn’t and won’t be the problem.

  27. Smokey Bacon

    June 16, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    USA have sat back but it’s not all doom and gloom. Ghana have offered very little and seem. A shadow of the team that made almost made the semis. That said, USA have to get the insurance of a second goal. Ghana have enough quality to poach a goal and tie it up.

  28. jtm371

    June 16, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Bradley is MIA very poor half. Agree with R.O Beasley on the pitch more than on his feet. If Ghana scores it will be thru Beasley.

  29. R.O

    June 16, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    US is giving up too much possession. Beasley is getting beat too much and slipping. Doesn’t look good.

    US isn’t controlling and putting pressure on Ghana in their half.

  30. jtm371

    June 16, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    WONDO!

  31. goatslookshifty

    June 16, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Ian Darke said a few weeks back that commentators was supposed to be neutral when calling games. 20 minutes in and he hasn’t shut up about the US team.

    • Smokey Bacon

      June 16, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      You can see why ESPN went with him over Tyler. It’s enthusiasm. Not the gimmicky shouty nonsense that fox thinks viewers want. Darke is just able to convey passion and knowledge in equal measure. He’s a fine commentator.

      • Huw Roma

        June 16, 2014 at 8:09 pm

        He isn’t half the commentator Tyler is. I like Darke but Tyler is far more graceful and insightful. He makes observations these guys wouldn’t even think of. Thumb me down but to suggest he’s better than Tyler is ludicrous.

        • Anthony

          June 16, 2014 at 8:19 pm

          It’s a stylistic difference. They are both great.

  32. goatslookshifty

    June 16, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Those Ghana shirts are hideous!

  33. Smokey Bacon

    June 16, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I don’t think the USA know how to sit back and defend a lead for 85 minutes. Better off really going for it. Another goal and Ghana will fold like a deck chair.

  34. jtm371

    June 16, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Do not fall back keep the pressure on Ghana looks nervous.

  35. Borussia DortMan

    June 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Duece!!!!

  36. R.O

    June 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    YES!

  37. Guy

    June 16, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Now don’t even think about dusting off the bus!

    • Smokey Bacon

      June 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Not bus required. Team USA are driving a corvette!

  38. Guy

    June 16, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Can I get a Duuuuece!?

  39. Smokey Bacon

    June 16, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Gooooooooaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllll! What a start!

  40. jtm371

    June 16, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    OMG! 🙂

  41. R.O

    June 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Here we go! X = fingers crossed 🙂

  42. Guy

    June 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    That cheesy cross your arms intro of the teams drives me nuts. So lame.

    USA USA USA!

  43. jtm371

    June 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    wish we were not in the rocket pop kit. oh well biased to the white kit.

  44. Flyvanescence

    June 16, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Love the passion on here. But ive got a game myself so im gonna have to watch it on delay later so ill have to avoid this thread.

    GOOD LUCK USA GO GET EM!!!!

  45. Christopher Harris

    June 16, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Clint Dempsey. Cold as ice during the singing of the national anthem.

  46. Christopher Harris

    June 16, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    COME ON USA! LET’S GET A WIN!

  47. Smokey Bacon

    June 16, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Hats off to Kia! Terrific ads. I might even be persuaded to buy one if she is the salesperson!

    • hoosiergunner

      June 16, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Agreed. The “What was going on nine months ago?” ad is a classic.

  48. Americano & Proud

    June 16, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    No Boateng or Essien for Ghana? I wonder if they’re hurt or just dropped from the XI.

  49. Smokey Bacon

    June 16, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Interesting day at work. Kept telling everybody that if they just watch one World Cup match then this is it. Definitely more interest than four years ago, especially the younger crowd. The older ones are impossible to convert. They would rather watch a re-run of two and a half men than a key game for the USA. It’s almost un-American if you ask me.

    Go USA!

    • San Fransiscan

      June 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      At least they knew about it, people I spoke to didn’t know that the US are in the World Cup.

      I guess they don’t know what the World Cup is.

    • jtm371

      June 16, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Smokey
      If your this fired up for a USA match I can not imagine what Smokey’s house is like for a England match. :)Two thumbs up my friend.

      • Smokey Bacon

        June 16, 2014 at 5:54 pm

        This is my home. I want the USA to do well. The World Cup is crucial to the growth of the sport in this country and the coverage we get. It’s a no brainer for me.

        Believe!

  50. San Fransiscan

    June 16, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    That montage narrated by Kiefer Sutherland saying “We, We, We”.

    They know that he is not American right?

    • San Fransiscan

      June 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      By they I mean ESPN.

    • Eddie

      June 16, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      But Jack Bauer is!

    • Michael

      June 17, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Irrelevant. He’s just a narrator. If a guy who wasn’t a soldier in WW2 narrates a book written by a soldier from WW2, is it invalid? Obviously not. He’s a voice actor, not a spokesman. He was chosen because his voice sounds awesome.

  51. Christopher Harris

    June 16, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I can’t believe that Alexi Lalas asked Landon Donovan how Ghana could beat the United States and what the US weaknesses are. Hats off to Donovan for refusing to answer the question directly.

    • Flyvanescence

      June 16, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Lalas is a toolbag of the highest order. So unprofessional and useless. Not to mention incredibly stupid.

      Makes Martino on NBC sound like Gary Neville.

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