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Tales Of The Tape: USA vs. Ghana In World Cup

Team USA faces off against Ghana in their first match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Group G, doomed the “Group of Death,” while in Brazil.

So before the two teams face off on Monday, June 16th, we’re breaking down who should win this match-up.

Team USA
Team Ghana
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History
0-2 against Ghana in the last two World Cups, and without Donovan, only 2 of the current players have scored goals in a World Cup.
Winner Ghana has beaten Team USA the last two World Cups in a row...bragging rights for sure.
Coaching
Winner Jurgen Klisman is a former World Cup champion who played for Germany so he already has a good idea of how to read a field and apply the appropriate changes.
Former assistant coach of the 2010 Ghana team Kwesi Appiah was there and saw the potential of the Black Stars in 2010 and though he is making his debut as head coach this year he is going to watch the field in the Group Of Death
Crowd
Winner If there is one things American's know how to do it's cheer. Though most American's don't know much about the World Cup, much less soccer, we are quick to cheer on our boys to the best of what they can be. The 'American Outlaws' will raise their voices at Brazil even if they don't know what's going on.
The Ghana natives were in attendance in their friendly match against South Korea in Miami, Fl. so what will the crowd be like on Monday? If it is anything like the support that the Black Stars got during the 2010 World Cup the support beams will shudder under the sound.
Goalie
Winner Tim Howard will prove his worth this year after head coach Jurgen Klinsman said Howard was among the top 5 goalies in the world. Howard is America's rock and is more than ready to take the field
Adan Kwarasey will be the keeper to watch for the Black Stars. Coming off an outstanding season where he was awarded "Keeper Of The Season" Kwarsasey will hold his ground against the USA.
Defense
Winner Having a young defense this year, Team USA will see Damarcus Beasly as the veteran with 117 appearances and 17 goals coming into the game. Other notables are Geoff Cameron and Fabian Johnson each with just over 20 appearances and 2 goals a piece.
The average age of the defenders of Ghana is about 24 and with no appearances above 50 this defense will be put to the test.
Mid-Field
Boasting the youngest player in mid-field, Julian Green age 19, this section of the USA Men's team is going to need to surprise everyone without the help of Landan Donovan this year.
Winner With a host of returning mid-field veterans from the 2010 team, this is looking to be the strongest section of the Black Stars. With players like Andre Ayew and Kwadwo Asamoah returning to be on the counter attack quick team USA will have a tough time controlling the center of the field
Striker
Coming off an amazing season playing for Seattle's futball club Clint Dempsey will be the poster child of the strikers on Team USA. Standing right beside him like he did in the 2010 World Cup, Jozy Altidore will relentlessly attack just as much as Dempsey.
Winner The Black Stars can diversify the field with these strikers. Kevin Prince Boateng can play any position he is told to and can do it perfectly but prefers striking more than anything. Asamoah Gyan is the teams captain that has 40 goals to his name and is eager to make a statement.

The Winner Is

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Winner Team USA
4 out of 7

Team USA may be lacking on the offense but a solid defense will prove it's worth as the game unfolds.

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