Ghanaians underestimated Yanks in World Cup Opener

Clint Dempsey Woo hoo!  Team USA pulled off an upset over World Cup rival Ghana! I believe I was the only person rooting for the Yanks at the Labadi Beach Hotel Monday night.  Among over 40 people — including non-Ghanaians — everyone was pulling for a Ghanaian win.  I heard a Colombian couple cheering the Ghanaian side in Spanish.  I made up for it in volume. Accra was silenced after the game.  I’m so happy with the result.  For 6 months, I’ve been patiently listening to taxi drivers, waiters, professionals, and TV personalities explain why the US has no chance.  The nation suffered a rampant case of counting your chickens before they’re hatched. My two cents: USA won because the coach, Kwesi Appiah, underestimated Team USA and started Ghana’s B-team.

Fatau Dauda, Ghana's main goalkeeper

Fatau Dauda, Ghana’s main goalkeeper

I didn’t recognize at least half of the players.  For instance, Clint Dempsey scored in the first minute against Ghana’s back-up goalkeeper, Adam Kwarasey.  Ghana’s main goalkeeper is Fatau Dauda in his signature violet outfit.  Appiah seemed to be keeping his top players, e.g. Michael Essien, Kevin Prince Boateng, Fatau Dauda, healthy ahead of the presumedly more difficult matches against Portugal and Germany later this month.  Only late in the second half did he rotate in his most experienced players. Tim Howard performed splendidly as goalkeeper and the Yanks did a good job of passing the ball.  I only wish they attacked more instead of letting Ghana play offense and maintain possession for most of the match. Who knew that the US had so many tall players?  Tim Howard is 6′ 3″ and John Brooks, who scored the winning goal, is 6’4″

  • John Brooks – 6′ 4″ (1.93 m)
  • Tim Howard – 6′ 3″ (1.91 m)
  • Jozy Altidore – 6′ 1″ (1.85 m)
  • Clint Dempsey – 6′ 1″(1.85 m)
  • Jermaine Jones – 6′ 0″ (1.84 m)
  • Aron Johannsson – 6′ 0″ (1.84 m)
  • Fabian Johnson – 6′ 0″ (1.83 m)

With 3 points in its pocket, I only hope that somehow the Yanks can pull off a win against Portugal.  The German side looks like it can win the whole thing. Related news:

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