Posted on: June 26, 2010 2:02 pm
Edited on: June 26, 2010 5:01 pm

U.S. vs. Ghana Live Blog

Welcome to the live blog for this World Cup round of 16 game between the United States and Ghana. My name is Ross Devonport, and I'll be your guide for this crucial clash in Rustenburg. Refresh often for the latest updates.

FULL TIME - And the dream is over for the U.S. as they fall 2-1 to Ghana for a second straight World Cup. They had some late chances and Kingson made a couple of crucial punches, but it just wasn't to be. Thanks for joining us here at CBSSports.com for our World Cup blogs.

113' - Ghana, who are doing everything possible to give their players a rest, including flopping ridiculously bring on Sulley Muntari for Inkoom.

109' - Bornstein earns a free kick just outside the top corner of the box, but Donovan's ball from the left is punched away by Kingson.

105' - The whistle blows for the end of the first 15 minutes ot extra time, and Ghana were knocking it around nicely following their goal. The U.S. looks tired and will have to dig deep if they're going to produce another miracle.

98' - The U.S. get a corner and take it short. Cherundolo puts in a great cross from the right and Edu beats Kingson to the ball, but it squeaks agonizingly wide.

93' - GOAL GHANA!! A long, hopeful ball is collected by Asamoah on the run just outside the U.S. box. He shakes off a strong upper-body challenge from Bocanegra and rifles a left-footed shot over Howard and into the net. A great run by Asamoah as he showed off superb strength to shake off Bocanegra. Luckily the U.S. still have 27 minutes to get a goal back. Ghana 2, United States 1

90' - Bradley makes a risky move by using his final sub to bring off Altidore, who looked tired, and bring on Herculez Gomez. Hopefully no one gets hurt in extra time.

90+4' - Ghana gets a late corner, but a deep ball can only be headed over and the final whistle goes. Two 15-minute halves coming up, followed by a penalty shootout if necessary. Ghana 1, United States 1

90+2' - Ayew receives a very harsh yellow card as Altidore sprints off down the left before triipping over his own feet. Hard to imagine a pro athlete doing that, but replays seem to show he did.

87' - This game has got tight over the last 10 minutes, with neither team wanting to make that mistake that could turn into a massive goal. This one looks headed to extra time.

81' - Altidore latches onto a monster ball from the back and battles Mensah in the box. The two fall to the ground as Altidore barely gets a shot off, and despite penalty claims, replays show that Altidore was the one who initialized the contact.

78' - Stephen Appiah comes on for goal scorer Boateng, who took a knock on his thigh.

76' - Bradley latches on to what initially looked like an offside pass, but the replay shows he was fine. His one-on-one effort vs. Kingson is weak, though, and we remain tied.

73' - Ghana makes their first change, with Lee Addy coming on for Sarpei.

70' - Since the addition of Feilhaber at the half, the U.S. have looked like a team possessed. Sometimes the simplest of personnel and/or formation change can have a massive impact.

66' - Man, I should have technical difficulties more often! In the 62nd minute, Dempsey is absolutely clattered in the box by Mensah, and a penalty is awarded. Donovan steps up, and puts the ball onto Kingson's left-hand post, but the ball just catches enough of the inside of the upright and goes in. All tied up 1-1!!

50' - By the way, those who watched the earlier game today will have seen a field that was cutting up badly. In contrast, this field in Rustenburg has looked superb in this match.

47' - So much for Feilhaber sitting back! He almost makes the best impact a sub can make as the U.S. make moves down the right, before Altidore finds Feilhaber on the left-hand side of the box. But, it's Kingson to the rescue again as comes out to make a superb stop and keep the score 1-0.

46' - Benny Feilhaber is on for the U.S., with Findley coming off. Expect Dempsey and Donovan to push up more as this half progresses, with Feilhaber helping out behind them.

HALF - And that's it for the first half, and what a disappointing 45 minutes it was for the U.S. There might be just a one-goal difference at the moment, but it's been all Ghana in Rustenberg. Still, we know what the U.S. is capable of when they wake up in the second half of games, so things are far from decided yet.

40' - Bradley tries a nice little deft chip over the defense that was intended for a streaking Donovan, but the ball was just a bit too far.

37' - Some awful defending by Demerit is almost punished by Ghana, but Howard shows his class to deny Asamoah. Superb save.

35' - What a golden chance for Findley! After a Ghana turnover, he's played through beautifully by Dempsey into the box, but his shot is well saved by an onrushing Kingson with his left foot. Definitely the best chance for the U.S. so far.

34' - Ghana has taken its foot off the pedal a little in the last 5-10 minutes, but the U.S. hasn't managed to take advantage.

31' - And that's it for Clark, who gave away the ball that led to the goal and then picked up a yellow card a minute late. Edu is in the game. Clark gets a half-hug and a word in his ear from coach Bob Bradley, but it likely won't make Clark feel any better.

29' - A Boateng shot from 30 yards is low and easily gathered by Howard.

26' - The U.S. is being ouclassed here. Bradley has to make an important headed interception from a cross. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.

23' - Bradley finds plenty of space on the left and whips in a low, threatening cross, but Kingson comes diving out to claim well. That could have been a very dangerous ball.

22' - Cherundolo makes a nice run down the right and earns a free kick in a dangerous spot. Donovan's cross isn't great though, and Ghana clear easily.

18' - Cherundolo gives the ball away in his own half and then clips a Ghanaian from behind. That's his second yellow of the tournament, and Cherundolo will miss the quarterfinal against Uruguay if the U.S. somehow comes back here. The resulting free kick is punched away well by Howard under little pressure.

19' - Findley shows great anticipation and almost latches on to a poor header back to Kingson, but the ball is just far enough away from Findley's path that Kingson has time to collect.

14' - Boateng, who played last year for Portsmouth in England, will be doing his bank account a lot of good here, as he isn't likely to return to newly-relegated Pompey in 2010-11.

12' - Altidore picks up a loose ball 25 yards out with some space. but his shot is scuffed well wide of Kingson's right-hand post.

11' - Ghana are knocking the ball about with ease here. As expected, this early goal has given them the confidence to push forward even more.

7' - First yellow of the game goes to Clark for a senseless tackle from behind 10 yards into the Ghana half.

5' - GOAL GHANA!! And the U.S. are down early again. A turnover by Clark in the midfield is picked up by Boateng, who surges through the middle before firing a low shot to Howard's right and into the back of the net. Another awful start for the Yanks.

5' - Dempsey lets rip from distance, but the ball is right at Kingson, who makes the easy grab.

4' - Inkoom sends a similar ball to Donovan in from the right, and the result is the same.

2' - Donovan plays a ball through the top of the six-yard box, but there's no one home.

1' - Ghana are in all red with vertical yellow stripes, while the U.S. are in all white.

2:30 pm ET - And we're under way as the vuvuzelas sound!

2:28 pm ET - The home fans will surely be cheering for Ghana in this one, as they are Africa's lone hope remaining in this tournament.

2:24 pm ET - Master of the obvious, John Harkes, is you color man on TV today, with Ian Darke doing play-by-play. The teams are out, and it's time for the anthems. As per usual, half the U.S. team -- including Donovan and Dempsey -- are not singing. TV shows a shot of former president Bill Clinton in the crowd looking OLD.

2:23 pm ET - Celebrities already reported to be in attendance include Kobe Bryant and British boxing champ Amir Khan.

2:19 pm ET - If you're expecting an offensive explosion in this game today, you might be sorely disappointed. The U.S. have yet to score a goal from the forward position, while Ghana's two goals in group play came from the penalty spot.

2:17 pm ET - For those remotely interested, my prediction for this match is a goal late in each half for the U.S. and a 2-0 victory.

2:14 pm ET - The winner of this match will face Uruguay in the quarterfinals on Friday at 10 a.m. ET, after the South Americans edged South Korea 2-1 earlier today thanks to two goals from Ajax star Luis Suarez.

2:11 pm ET - Reports from Rustenburg suggest there are a lot of England fans in the stands, as they probably expected their team to be in this game. But, the U.S. won the group, and England will face Germany tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET.

2:09 pm ET - Only change for Ghana is Samuel Inkoom starting starting at the back instead of Prince Tagoe.

2:06 pm ET - Big change for the U.S. is the return of Ricardo Clark to the starting lineup in place of Maurice Edu. Robbie Findley also returns after his one-match ban.

2:04 pm ET -- Here are your lineups and referee:

United States: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 15-Jay DeMerit, 12-Jonathan Bornstein, 3-Carlos Bocanegra; 10-Landon Donovan, 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Ricardo Clark, 8-Clint Dempsey; 17-Jozy Altidore, 20-Robbie Findley.

Ghana: 22-Richard Kingson; 4-John Pantsil, 8-Jonathan Mensah, 5-John Mensah, 2-Hans Sarpei; 6-Anthony Annan, 7-Samuel Inkoom, 23-Kevin-Prince Boateng, 13-Dede Ayew; 21-Kwadwo Asamoah, 3-Asamoah Gyan.

Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary).

Category: Soccer
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