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USA vs. Ghana World Cup 2010: Ghana eliminates United States, 2-1

Ghana defeated the United States, 2-1, in extra time to eliminate the Americans from the World Cup.

Game stats are here. Shot chart is here.

Did the United States meet your expectations for the World Cup? Vote in our poll here.

Fans rallied across the country in support of the U.S. soccer team.

Ghana, in reaching the quarterfinals for the first time, has kept Africa's hopes for soccer glory alive.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 26, 2010; 5:01 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Comments

FLOPPERS!!!!!

Posted by: nairbsod | June 26, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Bob Bradley fired. Ricardo Clark never wears the stars and striped again. We wait 4 more years.

Posted by: Conservativemindsareinshackles | June 26, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Tough loss as two mistakes get punished. A bit unlucky on some of the scramble plays in the box near the end. The US gave a good account of themselves running on empty.

Posted by: agoldhammer | June 26, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

We'll always wonder what could have been if Edu started over Clark.

Posted by: chemweapon | June 26, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Freak OT goal. No one can tell me that the Ghanan was TRYING to pass that ball to Gyan. It was a wild clear, and happened to fall.

Too bad. Howard and B. Bradley can take this loss on their shoulders.

Howard for missing what was a saveable shot.

Bradley for Findley and Clark?!?!

Posted by: delantero | June 26, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Bob Bradley should be "let go" or whatever the pc phrase is. We need a new coach for 2014. Not settling the mid-field after four games in the World Cup is a terrible position to be in as the US team. BB needs to go, sooner rather than later

Posted by: diego_r | June 26, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Klinsmann, please.

Posted by: chemweapon | June 26, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Honestly -- even Bruce Arena would do better

Posted by: diego_r | June 26, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Bradley must go. He doesn't have the team ready from the get go, and his player choices are terrible.

Posted by: Hoost | June 26, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

It is over, thank God. Now all of you soccer types please crawl back under the rocks from which you came. BTW nice shorts you pansies.

Posted by: FM13 | June 26, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

The match was lost when Bob Bradley filled out the lineup sheet. Clark and Finley! What was he thinking? Clark is always good for an expensive turnover, and Finley was the last U.S. attacker fans would want to see going one-on-one with a keeper.

Bradley should have started the 11 who played so valiantly in the second half. With Edu at the start, USA would not have been chasing a deficit. With Feilhaber at the start, the USA attack would have been more dangerous earlier in the match. Didn't Bob Bradley learn anything about his team during the Slovakia and Algeria comebacks? A common factor to both was the absence of Clark and Finley.

Tim Howard has had better matches -- some of them at this World Cup. He should have stopped at least one of Ghana's goals. Neither shot was the type of laser that Donovan and Michael Bradley had against Slovakia. One the first goal, he was out of position. On the second, he didn't react.

Despite the loss, USA deserves praise for its guts in South Africa. Moving on was one comeback too far.

Bob Bradley's future? He's a good coach in many areas of the job, but his player selection is mysterious. And when a team consistently begins matches half a step slow and concedes early goals, the blame lies nowhere but on the coach.

It's time the USSF spent some money on a proven international like Guus Hiddink who has a greater chance of taking USA to a higher level.

Posted by: runningcloud | June 26, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

wow, Bradley goes from genius to the scourge of humanity in a few hours. I love us.

I do want to know why Gooch disappeared, injury? Also Ricardo Clark was just a bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad choice.

That last goal just hurts, they were just kicking it up in the air and next its in the back of the net.

Posted by: rockotodd | June 26, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Great heart, great courage, great effort. I'm definitely not on board with the fire BB bandwagon. It's not his fault that Howard made an uncharacteristic mistake and multiple attacking players missed golden chances in all four games. BB went with Bornstein who played absolutely out of his mind the last two games. Hopefully LD and Deuce will get another opportunity in 4 years.

Posted by: dcarmy | June 26, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I just don't understand it--our best lineup was clearly the one we went with against Algeria. Why not go with it again?? And to take it even further start Feilhaber instead of Gomez. Benny was perhaps our best player when he was out there. Just unfathomable decisions to start the game today with Clark and Findley.

Posted by: JayW4 | June 26, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

By the way Bornstein was a fine choice, there's no reason anyone should be critical of that one today.

Posted by: JayW4 | June 26, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

This team had two modes: asleep and turbo. In turbo mode, they were the best US team I've ever watched ... but asleep they were terrible.

Extremely annoying that they had to spend all their turbo in previous games compensating for erroneously disallowed goals. If either goal had counted, US would have had enough left in the tank to win this game.

Posted by: garbageout | June 26, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Great effort and they can be proud of how they represented the USA. Clark and Finley were real question marks. Our lack of understanding in the back line cost us and our lack of finishing was apparent. Charlie Davies was missed this tournament but the future looks good for US Soccer. We'll be better in 4 years.

Posted by: tcbannon | June 26, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I've been a big fan of BB's over the course of this WC, but I have to agree with being disappointed over his team selection today. Bornstein on the left was tremendous--I like that decision--but Clark and Finley were not inspired selections. In particular, Edu had already demonstrated himself to be the better selection.

Before this game, the commentators were saying that Dempsey, Donovan and Altidore had to have their A games to carry this team, but the engine that makes the USMNT go is Michael Bradley, and he didn't have his best game today. I think he wasn't recovered from the Algeria game, and his ability comes from his non-stop drive.

For me, the best US players today were Bornstein and Dempsey. Bornstein didn't put a foot wrong on defense, and his runs forward were very impressive. And Dempsey was just amazing, winning balls, bringing his teammates into the game and then going for the goal. If anybody was going to score or win a penalty, it was him.

Posted by: glfrazier | June 26, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

There is no way US Soccer fires Bradley. The past two years of results -- number 1 in CONCACAF qualification, runner's up in the Confed Cup beating Spain and taking Brasil to the limit, winning our group at WC2010 for the first time in 80 years. There's no way to justify it, really.

Maybe Bradley does the right thing and retires from coaching and let's a more experienced international coach come in to take our boys to the next level, but as I see it, BB is our coach through 2014.

And if he learns something about putting your best 11 on the field instead of trying to shoehorn your system into player selection when it's clearly not working, I'll be fine with it.

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | June 26, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I agree with dcarmy here...if you're going to point out how wrong BB was about Clark, please admit how wrong you were about Bornstein.

With that said, I would prefer a new coach for the next cycle just because there aren't too many success stories of coaches on their second cycle. But I certainly don't think we're going to get anybody much better.

Posted by: jaycane40oz | June 26, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Disagree strongly with fire Bradley. Sign him up now for 4 more years, before you lose him to a European league.

That said, he made a critical error starting Clark. That almost rises to the level of Greg Ryan starting Scurry over Solo. The dude's a turnover machine, and a hot head on top of that.

And he made a critical error even selecting Findley, much less starting him. The guy simply has insufficient quality for this level. "He stretches the defense" is just not qualification for a serious World Cup team.

There's a serious nucleus of talent here for 2014. I didn't realize until today that Michael Bradley is only 22. Dude's a warrior with serious talent on the ball.

Posted by: OWNTF | June 26, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Not starting Edu is almost, maybe 66% as bad as the worst decision ever, the decision not to start Hope Solo after she had done well in the World Cup.

Posted by: GeneWells | June 26, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I am also wondering what happened to Gooch? Not sure he would have made a difference, but still.

How long until the Women's World Cup? And how long until qualifying for Brazil begins?

Posted by: Chewie- | June 26, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

As soon as the lineup was shown, I knew Findley and Clark were bad choices. If Findley only brings speed to the table, you've got to know it will be neutralized by a team of sprinters like Ghana. The West Africans are the fastest on the planet - you can't beat them with speed. We needed to start Buddle or Gomez and keep Dempsey on the wing.

Not one of our strikers scored a goal in the whole tournament. Altidore had his chances, but Findley just wasn't right.

Anyway, we lost because of our suspect defense. It was never good enough to really carry us far.

Too bad.

Posted by: WorldCup | June 26, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Who is Hope Solo? What country does he play for?

Posted by: JayW4 | June 26, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Those who are critical of Dempsey's work rate and/or ability need to seriously study the DVR of today's game. Easily the MOM for the USA. One might argue Feilhaber but unfortunately he didn't play enough.

Posted by: OWNTF | June 26, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

If we had Charlie Davies available it would have been different. He, instead, elected to break curfew and become involved in a fatal car crash. I try to stay open mined w/forwards. Guys, Josie is not the answer. If he is, what was the question. I would rather see Freddy Adu.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | June 26, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Anybody care to share player ratings over all 4 games?

Posted by: garbageout | June 26, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Hope Solo is Han Solo's brother. he plays for Tatooine.

Posted by: dccal | June 26, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I meant open minded. Feilhaber is a gem. He should be out there every game. What is wrong with Tim Howard. He played like his ribs were tightly bandaged.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | June 26, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

@FM13--sorry, we're not going anywhere

@Chewie-- Women's World Cup starts 1 year from today

Posted by: jmingus | June 26, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Hope Solo is Han Solo's brother. he plays for Tatooine.

Posted by: dccal


Awesome.

Posted by: garbageout | June 26, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

It's time for Bob Bradley to move along. Not because he was good or bad but four years is enough time for any national team manager. We've already seen what happens when you give that position to someone for too long and I think Bob should entertain any offers he gets from Europe.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | June 26, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see that poll technology on this site set up to generate consensus player ratings.

Posted by: OWNTF | June 26, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see that poll technology on this site set up to generate consensus player ratings.

Posted by: OWNTF


Seconded!

Posted by: garbageout | June 26, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I think BB made three errors in the tournament: starting Clark, starting Torres and being overly loyal to Altidore. None of these mistakes cost us victories--there were simply too many densive lapses at the beginning of games and too many of our opportunities to put the ball in the back of the net went unfinished. During the next qualification cycle we will need to identify replacements for 3 starting defenders, one forward and one or two outside midfielders.

Posted by: dcarmy | June 26, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

We had a good finisher, who was left off the squad, Brian Ching. I don't understand why we took 3 goalies, one got hurt, and soldiered on. We could have used one of those picks for Ching.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | June 26, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Sorry but I would definately fire Bradley, he seems like a good guy but come on learn your lessons from the first 3 games as well as the confederations cup last year. Why start Dempsey in midfield everytime and then have to sub one of your forwards to move him up!!!! How many times do you have to do that before you start the game that way!!!! Also, Edu over clark seems like an easy decision...I just don't get it, very disappointed about our elimination.

Posted by: BB1996 | June 26, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: garbageout | June 26, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

@Virgniafan: No, actually, those 3 slots all have to be goalkeepers. The North Koreans tried to cheat by listing a field player as a keeper and got busted with a FIFA ruling that the player could only come in as a keeper, not on the field.

Posted by: dccal | June 26, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Come on VAfan you have to take 3 golies...Brian Ching is not that great of a finisher, what is his record in international games?? And I'm not talking about games against El Salvador and Cuba...

Posted by: BB1996 | June 26, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

@VirginiaFan

FIFA requires teams to carry three keepers for the WC.

After the fact, Ching seems a better choice than Finley. Before the fact, too.

Posted by: runningcloud | June 26, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Google Docs survey for player ratings:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dFpHVTRuUnpBWXJ6b0VaSkhXY21FWHc6MQ&ifq

Still figuring out how to make results public ...

Posted by: garbageout | June 26, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Fire Bob Bradley! Also fire anyone actually talking about women's soccer. Talk about pouring salt on a wound...

Posted by: alan19 | June 26, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Dcarmy great point about Altidore but I'd argue today was the only time he really should've been pulled earlier. The bigger problem is that the US has no forward options to replace him. (Although it seems very clear now that BB should've gone with some variation of 4-5-1 with Dempsey as the other attacking forward/midfielder.)

Posted by: JayW4 | June 26, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Start sticking pins in your Blanco voodoo dolls, because Mexico MUST lose to Argentina tomorrow. There's no way I want to hear it for four years that they're better than us because they made it to a further round than we did.

Posted by: calvester | June 26, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

sorry alan. I root as hard as the next guy for the time when our men catch up with our women

Posted by: OWNTF | June 26, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: garbageout | June 26, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Added a line to survey for Bob Bradley.

If you already voted, feel free to go back and submit a vote just for that line.

Posted by: garbageout | June 26, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Han Solo was an incredible striker. Crafty, deceptive, great blasts. It's unfortunate Tatooine had to get relegated the way it did.

Posted by: JayW4 | June 26, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed that the USA didn;t win this game and advance. But I thank God for being the fan of a team that is anathem to the flopping, time wasting spectacle that is the Ghanian team. They were disgraceful, and their pathetic, unsportsmanlike cheating detracted from what could have been a sublime win. They took it to the USA and scored two decent goals -- the second was world-class.

But no. They had to act like a bunch of disgusting losers. Too bad for them.

Come on, Uruguay!!!

Posted by: roadkit | June 26, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Fire Bradley? Why? All this team needs is Ron Artest's psychiatrist to get their heads straight before matches.

Apart from Altidore, US didn't really have a pure striker good enough for the world cup. So Bradley had to stay with him. The MF changes...I can't defend those especially when Clark basically put us on the the back foot in the 5th minue.

Posted by: tundey | June 26, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

right there with ya roadkit. that's a pet peeve of mine. I can understand taking your time on throw ins and free kicks and the like, but when a slight breeze comes your way and you're on the ground in "pain" ....

Posted by: nairbsod | June 26, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Arise, and shake the dust around.

Posted by: ceu_carmesim | June 26, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

If there was ever "exhibit A" for why the format should be golden goal, this was it. Watching Ghana try to kill 28 minutes playing keep away, delaying throw-ins, and rolling on the ground in agony every 3 minutes does not make for compelling futbol.

Posted by: foul_throw | June 26, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Good and fair evaluation of the match is here: http://www.zonalmarking.net/2010/06/26/ghana-2-1-united-states-tactics/ I'm still unconvinced about Altidore. He does hold the ball well, which is critical but often he loses awareness of what is going on around him. Too bad for the older players, they won't be back in four years and it's unlikely that Donovan and Dempsey will either (unless we pull an Italy).

Posted by: agoldhammer | June 26, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

If we have any aspirations to get beyond the current level, we have to have more craft and guile in charge. The use of Clark today was just unfathomable. Who knows how he practices, but he just does not have the speed of thought/play or skill level to hold the midfield in the last 16 of the world cup. On the other side of the coin, there is no excuse whatsoever for not having the skill and experience of Feilhaber. Playing in Germany for x years just gets the skills to another level than MLS. I'm not sure BB even gets those things. Not that he doesn't work hard and probably manage the staff well, give lots of people looks, etc. But if we want to aspire higher, we have to have someone at the helm who has some ability to understand the game at the highest international levels - that is just indispensable.

Posted by: bradleymustgo | June 26, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

How come Bradley seemed to be the only one who thought Clark and Findley were good selections to start the Ghana match?

Posted by: hudson22 | June 26, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Not enough is said about how much more stress and strain it was for the unlucky U.S. side to expend three days ago than did Ghana, thanks to the U.S. sitting on 2 points instead of 4, and how the boys so over-celebrated--never a good sign. When today's game went to OT, I suspected we were done for with the youngest team in the tournament, Ghana, still fresh and with more sub options as well.

We were also "unlucky" in that Davies and Gooch were not fit enough to play, although one could argue that BB needed to solve our central back and striker issues sooner. Unlucky is in quotes since Davies did himself in with his personal poor decision making. He could have made a big difference. (Has any other side led their group with 0 goals from their nominal strikers?)

On the other hand, let's be realistic. We have too many players who lack good touch and ball skills, and this was something BB could not get around. It goes all the way back to junior training, where finally the youngsters in national programs will be doing more drills and fewer matches as they progress through the U-14, U-17, etc. ranks.

Given all this, the U.S. did as much as they should have: advance to the top 16 and lose to a better skilled club, of which there were many. All credit to Ghana, who with a fraction of our budget have the best young national team we've seen in a while. They're not great, but they're solid.

And by the way, Michael Bradley was outstanding until he got gassed in OT.

Posted by: paulkp | June 26, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

edson buddle and hercules gomez we're not utilized enough.

findley was not the sign of a confident stiker -- he seemed to get nervous around the box.

if you want to advance in the knockout round you need a more creative attack and ours wasn't good enough. in any of our four games to be honest.

but, hey, brazil in a few months. let's get back after it.

Posted by: cho_kettie | June 26, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Donovan and Dempsey will be 32 and 31 respectively. they'll be back in 4 years.

oh well, disappointing result but at least it wasnt a loss by ref. sometimes the ball bounces funny. still pissed off about findley/clark starting though.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | June 26, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey is an okay player but not a starter, lucky goals are fun but real talent is the future for the national team. I understand that Dempsey plays in EPL, let me be the first to remind you that Donovan plays in MLS. No one honestly believes that Dempsey is a stronger or more skilled player than Donovan. Dempsey is not the only one that does not belong, but it seems he gets free passes when he under performs. The most athletic, fit, and fasts players are fine, but how about this crazy idea, start recruiting extremely skilled, talent players. It is easier to build fitness then it is to build skill. Bob Bradley you have done all you can with this team. Vamos USA.

Posted by: Ivanovich84 | June 27, 2010 2:19 AM | Report abuse

1. starting findley was a mistake all tournament. I thought that was abundantly clear. he might have been ok againsst england, but not against teams that we need to beat with soccer

2. maybe even move to a 4-5-1 to get Holden out there. I still think we need to get our best players out there and not worry about system. Charlie davies was not there, so the fast striker thing is not gonna work for us.

3. The team deserves a lot of credit. they showed heart and made me proud. I know that we could have progressed further with a few changes/breaks, but thats why they play the games.

4. we let ghana gain confidence. they are young. break their spirit. We should honestly be up 2-0 by the half on a team like that. with holden and torres. even though torres played poorly vs. slov, THIS is when we needed a presence like that (which benny gave us in the 2nd, but imagine if we had holden and/or torres there, too)

Posted by: wordup1 | June 27, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Disagree strongly with fire Bradley. Sign him up now for 4 more years, before you lose him to a European league.

Posted by: OWNTF | June 26, 2010 5:42 PM |

ROTFLMAO

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | June 27, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Totally off topic, but had to post this somewhere.

DCU resumed MLS play last night in Columbus, but you wouldn't know it by reading the Post. As of this writing, not a peep about the match in the online print edition, the net version's web page or this blog.

A lot has been written about whether the USA's exciting victory over Algeria and its progression to the Round of 16 would elevate interest in futball in this nation and aid MLS. Judging from the Post's performance, it won't. In fact, there could be a regression.

Posted by: runningcloud | June 27, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

FM13 you did notice that you had to pick up the rock to climb under here and say something didn't you? We've been here all along. Sorry you're too insecure to join the party.

Posted by: DadRyan | June 27, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I think Bradley had a good run over the last couple of years but I also think that if we are to get to the next level we need a coach more experienced at the international level.

I think Bradley made some mistakes in this game:

- Findley
- Clark

to name two.

I also think he should have gone to the bench for fresh legs to start on the wings. Donovan and Dempsey were spent, so was Altidore.

If he had used Feilhaber and Holden/Bease on the wings to start and reserved Donovan and Dempsey for a second half surge, then who knows...

That said Findley was one v one and missed. Howard was misplaced on the first goal, a fairly easy stop otherwise. Would Gooch have been a better option for the size and strength of the forward? I think so unless he was injured.

The team did great but I am left with the sense that we were capable of more, if properly managed.

Kudos to the US. We finished 1st in our group and played the most entertaining matches of the tournament.

Bradely dd make great changes at half but seemed to get the starting lineups wrong.

I still can't understand how we got ourselves in the hole so often letting in soft goals repeatedly.

The core of this team is young and here is good talent coming up behind, I think we are at the start of a good period of results. Next time the semis!

Posted by: RRP1 | June 27, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

The only advantage we could have had over Ghana was height. Unfortunately, Bradley failed to realize that. I accept that Gooch was not fit (though I have blame Bradley then for bringing him in the first place - even Bobby Boswell would have served the team better) but what on earth was Bradley thinking to take Altidore out for Gomez when he had a healthy Buddle on the bench? Imagine if we would have started with Altidore and Buddle up top - go back and look how many corners and crosses we didn't connect due to height.
Although I lay the blame at Bradley's feet, the reality is no US coach has extensive experience at this level. Only Bunker Bob and Bruce Arena. So before you go saying fire Bob, let's determine the real question: what does HE take away from this loss and what has he accepted responsibility for? If he acknowledges his errors and has the potential to learn from them, I would keep him on the job.

Posted by: dsheon1 | June 27, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I would only replace Bob if we had a proven improvement available: e.g. Guus Hiddink, Pareira.

Posted by: RRP1 | June 27, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"He, instead, elected to break curfew and become involved in a fatal car crash."

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I'm pretty sure Davies did not elect to become involved in a fatal car crash. If he's healthy, does he finish off one of Findley's chances? Maybe.

Gooch didn't play because he was killing us when he was in. If he'd been healthy, maybe he's strong enough to hold off Gyan...or, maybe he's too slow.

Posted by: fischy | June 27, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

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