Statistically speaking, pressure is on USA to top Ghana in World Cup opener |

Statistically speaking, pressure is on USA to top Ghana in World Cup opener |

The USMNT want 3 point full stop. They not only want 3 points, they want those points as a statement. An opening shot that says we mean business, and we just thrashed our supposed “boogey man” team, Ghana. They will be looking to win and win emphatically. Klinsmann is a fan of sports psychology and knows if the USMNT can do this, the mental boost will be immeasurable. 

Ghana rout of South Korea puts U.S. weekend in different perspective

Here is more to think about.

In the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Nigeria beats Mali 4-1 and Mali goes on to a third place finish by beating Ghana 3-1. So there’s that.

One thing that is always true about African teams is they are wildly unpredictable – going from brilliant to absolutely awful depending on the day. In that same tourney, Ghana loses to Burkina Faso on PKs! After a 1-1 finish.


After two days of considering what a 2-1 win over Nigeria meant for the United States’ World Cup readiness, a Group G rival has put that result in a more modest perspective. On Monday, Ghana, who has eliminated the U.S. from the last two World Cups, posted a decisive result over World Cup-qualified South Korea in Miami, with three goals from Jordan Ayew leading the Black Stars to a 4-0 win at Sun Life Stadium.

Coming of the bench early for an injured Majeed Waris, Ayew put his team in front in the 13rd minute  with a shot that deflected off midfielder Ki Song-Yeung. Captain Asamoah Gyan’s one-man transition just before halftime doubled Ghana’s lead moments before intermission.

In the 53rd minute, Ayew, whose brother André started for Kwesi Appiah’s team, scored from outside the area to extend his side’s lead. One minute from full-time, a close range finish completed the Marseille attacker’s hat…

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