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After World Cup Group D finales, USA to play Ghana

Germany defeated Ghana, 1-0, to win Group D, but Ghana still advanced based on goal differential over Australia, a 2-1 winner over Serbia.

The United States will face Ghana on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Rustenburg.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 23, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Posted by: DadRyan | June 23, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Ghana rattles the crossbar early (deja vu, all over again), which wakes us up for the rest of the game.

USA 2-1 GHA

Posted by: SportzNut21 | June 23, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to the Socceroo's, who's chances of advancing were between nowt and bugger-all, and yet gave it a proper going.

Posted by: JkR- | June 23, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little concerned about the two day rest. I think Gooch will be back in the lineup. Edu played 45', so he's good to go. Holden may get his shot off the bench. Please, no Bornstein.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 23, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

USA USA USA

Congratulations.

we are ranked higher than Ghana and
higher than URG and AUS one of whom we will play after beating Ghana.

I'm hoping for at least 3 more games.

Posted by: joejoe2000 | June 23, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I haven't been impressed with Ghana yet. Both their first-round goals came from penalties, and (as far as I've seen) they have not decisively outplayed anyone--even 10-man Australia.

Aside from that, this USA team (especially the veterans from 2006) have something to prove.

Posted by: hungrypug | June 23, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Ghana can be tricky. Should be an intersting match for the USA, but very winable. Hope to have Gooch back and please no more Beasly.

Posted by: SoccerGuru | June 23, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Ghana is a very tough opponent. I wouldn't call the US favorites in this one.

One thing the US has had a huge advantage in in the group stage was their superior fitness late in games. With the kind of athletes Ghana has on their team, I don't think that will be an advantage on Saturday.

Count me as surprised if the US makes it on to the QF. Too much talent and athleticism on the Ghana side.

Posted by: rademaar | June 23, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

This is the second consecutive major tournament in which the USA have won a group tiebreaker based on GOALS SCORED. And that's with two good goals disallowed. Never saw that coming four years ago.

Posted by: benonthehill | June 23, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Near the end of the Australia-Serbia game today, the announcers said that if Serbia could get a late goal for a tie that they would advance to the next round, instead of Ghana. What were they thinking? They couldn't have been right, could they? They both would have ended up with 4 points and Serbia would have had more goals than Ghana, but the announcers were forgetting that Ghana had already beaten Serbia 1-0. Since it would only be a 2 team tie, the first tiebreaker has to be head-to-head. Right? FIFA can't be stupid enough to not do it that way, could they?

Posted by: mfitton285 | June 23, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

But anything can happen, as this WC has showed us.

Posted by: rademaar | June 23, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

@mfitton -- FIFA does not use head-to-head as a tie breaker in WC group play. It is: goal difference, then goals scored, then a flip of the coin. Go figure.

I just saw highlights of the ENG-SLO game. My goodness, ENG almost gave up a hatful of chances. They were luckier with their win than we were, given that we knocked on the door all day and gave ALG exactly one good look at goal.

Posted by: glfrazier | June 23, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

@ mfitton285 you wouldn't think so would you. but you'd be wrong.

It is:
1) Goal differential
2) Goals Scored
3) Crackmonkeys on typewriters. (they draw lots!!! Really!!!)

Posted by: jebus_simpson | June 23, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

ghana are fast, strong, technical, and extremely good at faking fouls to get cards on their opponents. gooch, I'm looking at you.

may the soccer gods bless us with a referee who has little tolerance for diving.

nante yie, Ghana!

Posted by: troy6 | June 23, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

"Since it would only be a 2 team tie, the first tiebreaker has to be head-to-head. Right? FIFA can't be stupid enough to not do it that way, could they?"

Goals good. I prefer FIFA's tie-breaker method. It also adds some drama as it did today.

Posted by: csd1 | June 23, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. FIFA is a joke. Imagine if it had happened. Ghana beats Serbia, they both end up with 4 points but Serbia goes through because of 1 more goal? It might be exciting but it is totally unfair. A travesty of sport.

Posted by: mfitton285 | June 23, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I just now spoke to a very knowledgable friend on the phone and he says you guys are wrong. Head to head first, then goal differential, then total goals, then coin flip. He says you guys are looking at the multiple team tiebreaker rule.

Posted by: mfitton285 | June 23, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

@mfitton285: Use your computer to check the tiebreaker rules. Then use your phone to tell your friend that he's not as knowledgeable as he thinks.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 23, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 23, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

maybe our knowledgeable friends should correct the FIFA website:

The ranking of each team in each group will be determined as follows:
a) greatest number of points obtained in all group matches;
b) goal difference in all group matches;
c) greatest number of goals scored in all group matches.

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings will be determined as follows:
d) greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
e) goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
f) greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned;
g) drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/standings/whatif.html

Posted by: hungrypug | June 23, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Your "very knowledgeable friend" is the one wrong.

Total points, goal difference, goals scored, head-to-head, coin flip.

Fifa.com

Look it up

Posted by: tphasbdp | June 23, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Woo hoo!! Saturday will be great.

Start Buddle and Gooch. Bring in Gomez off the bench.

Posted by: WorldCup | June 23, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I was just reading the Spanish sports website Marca and they have an article up pointing out that one of Ghana, USA, Uruguay or South Korea will make it to the semifinals of this World Cup.

http://www.marca.com/2010/06/23/futbol/mundial_2010/1277325420.html

Obviously the US has to focus all it's preparations on Ghana. But this could be the best bracket the US could hope for.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | June 23, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Ghana has youth, physicality, speed and is coming off a loss.

We have athleticism, confidence, discipline, experience and that "never say die" American attitude. Not sure how the scoring turns out but I see us winning this one.

SA 2010 - BELIEVE!!

USA! USA! USA!

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 23, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Landon Donovan for President!!
site as celebration---
http://unitedstatesofdonovan.com/

Posted by: unitedstatesofdonovan | June 23, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. FIFA is a joke. Imagine if it had happened. Ghana beats Serbia, they both end up with 4 points but Serbia goes through because of 1 more goal? It might be exciting but it is totally unfair. A travesty of sport.

Posted by: mfitton285 | June 23, 2010 5:29 PM
__________________________________________

You're entitled to your opinion, but it is not self-evident that your preferred method is more fair. After all, goal differential takes into account a side's performance across all three matches, not just one.

Posted by: universityandpark | June 23, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

we are ranked higher than Ghana and
higher than URG and AUS one of whom we will play after beating Ghana.

Posted by: joejoe2000 | June 23, 2010 4:50 PM
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Wouldn't that be Uruguay or South Korea?

Posted by: universityandpark | June 23, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully this time nobody pulls a Claudio Reyna in the back field. Also no Gooch, as they will call every physical challenge against him as in the Ghana 2006 match.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | June 23, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Tell that Spanish website that if their boys wanna win this thing, they better plan on coming through us. We beat 'em once down there and we can do it again. Our lads got some steel Jabulanis . .

Posted by: OWNTF | June 23, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Two items of note from UK coverage:

1. "The moment sparked amazing scenes as the entire US squad joined in the celebrations. Even Clinton didn’t want to be left out, staying in the players’ dressing room party 45 minutes after game ended." Wonder if he ever got his team shoes.

2. Pure class, this: "Meanwhile, in the ‘mixed zone’ where the media and players mingle, tempers were running high after Algeria’s exit. In another extraordinary scene, veteran international player Rafik Saifi hit a female reporter in the face.

Apparently upset at something she had written prior to the game, he clouted the woman across the cheek without warning. She lashed out in retaliation and self defence, cutting his lip with her nails. He hurled a water bottle back at her but missed, before security guards piled in."

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/worldcup2010/article-1288885/WORLD-CUP-2010-United-States-1-Algeria-0--Last-gasp-Landon-Donovan-goal-sends-Americans-Group-C-winners.html#ixzz0rinvpXaf

Posted by: OWNTF | June 23, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

OWNTF - that doesnt sound surprising about the Algerians. they were a classy bunch. they were lucky to not draw multiple reds at the end for getting in the official's face, and the captain should be facing a match ban for cold cocking Dempsey.

Posted by: VTUnited | June 23, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see how much our starting 11 changes 50 hours after the Algeria match. Dempsey took another brutal beating today. Does BB elect to start a well-rested Findley? What about Gooch? Since I'm ranked 75th out of 50 among the Insider Loyalists, we are much safer having BB make the personnel decisions!

Posted by: dcarmy | June 23, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

OWNTF, thanks for the article link.

My favorite line from the article:

"It was all very American."

Posted by: csd1 | June 23, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

so head-to-head does actually come into play, but only when two teams are tied on points, goal diff, and goals scored.

I don't quite buy this notion that Ghana are so great. They had a win, a draw and a loss...and scored just two goals, both PKs. they will have Africa behind them...but that didn't do those other teams any good.

This was the best case scenario for us. A winnable match. And then another winnable match to follow. Semis here we come!

Posted by: fedssocr | June 23, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

"It might be exciting but it is totally unfair. A travesty of sport."
mfitton285

Sorry your World was shattered today by this appalling news (that has been going on for years unbeknown-est to a high moral authority like yourself). May I suggest watching a nice marathon or some other morally pure sport without the hindrances of an evil system determining advancement. You break the tape first you win, oh so simple and oh so pure.

Posted by: csd1 | June 23, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

So who starts on Saturday? I haven't seen any of Ghana's matches, but I'm hearing adjectives like young, athletic and fast to describe them. If that means speed on the flanks, then I bet we start the same back four as today. In fact I think the only change BB makes is Findley over Gomez--assuming we didn't suffer any injuries.

Posted by: dcarmy | June 23, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Thought I'd share this quote from Tony Meola -- talking about Howard's effort to recognize the opportunity for fast break:
"It led to one of the greatest results in the history of US soccer. They literally were out of the tournament, then eight or nine seconds later they were on top of the group. If you don’t like US team and the game now, then there’s something wrong with you."

Word.

Posted by: fischy | June 23, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

@dcarmy -- you could be right. Given how shaky Gooch has been, I might want to go that route. But, BB might want Gooch's physicality and his relatively fresh legs, to start. Then, if the USA gets a lead and Ghana has to chase the game, bring in a speedier defender like Bornstein.

Posted by: fischy | June 23, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

:Coach Bob Bradley would have been pulling his hair out on the touchline, if he had any."

Line from the UK press

Posted by: delantero | June 23, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to the team...

Posted by: wordup1 | June 23, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Since the Post has abandoned reporting DCU news during the Cup, I'll just post the news that the Richmond Kickers beat Real Maryland yesterday and advance to play DCU @George Mason next Tuesday in the USOC.

Also, DCU has an MLS game this Saturday, @Columbus. Who knew?

Posted by: fischy | June 23, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

And that Honda is still for sale!

Posted by: paulkp | June 23, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Proposed starting lineup:

Altidore-Gomez
Dempsey-Feilhaber-Bradley-Donovan
Spector-Boca-DeMerit-Cherundolo
Howard
Bench: Edu, Buddle

No Findley. No Onyewu. No Bornstein, please.

Posted by: Cerealman | June 23, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I love the World Cup and I am a huge USA soccer fan but I have really missed MLS and DC United the last two weeks. Although I plan on watching every World Cup match this weekend, I also plan on overdosing on MLS and United. Tough match in Columbus Saturday night. If they win that match then I will feel very good about the direction United is heading. Vamos United!

Posted by: croftonpost | June 23, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

@fischy
Did he really say "...If you don’t like US team and the game now, then there’s something wrong with you."
or
"...If you don’t like US team and doughnuts now, then there’s something wrong with you."

Posted by: VamosUnited1 | June 23, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

fischy, you're such the martyr for United. Have you been too busy on SBI to even check in here from time to time? Everyone and their momma knows about Kickers/United don't they!?! ;)

You going to the game? Anyone know where the hole in the fence is? I can't afford 25 bones for an Open Cup match....

Posted by: DadRyan | June 23, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

There's a DCU match?

I have said it had been quiet around here...maybe people have been following fischy.

Posted by: Reignking | June 23, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

OWNTF - that doesnt sound surprising about the Algerians. they were a classy bunch. they were lucky to not draw multiple reds at the end for getting in the official's face, and the captain should be facing a match ban for cold cocking Dempsey.

Posted by: VTUnited | June 23, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse


I couldn't believe the hits Dempsey and Altidore were taking out there.

It was reminiscent of McBride vs. Italy when they staged the original 300. Algeria probably has one of the best and classiest keepers in the game but the field players were a bunch of thugs.

The one thing Algeria and the US should agree on is that sideline ref was a joke. How many calls did he blow? A few offsides calls were completely wrong and its hard to forget the throw-in for the US 5 seconds after a US player put the ball out of bounds…right in front of the ref.

I know the occasional bad call will be made but come on.

Posted by: Southeasterner | June 24, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

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