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World Cup 2014, USA vs. Ghana: USMNT tries to win in group play

The United States take on Ghana in the 2014 World Cup. Discuss the match here in our open thread.

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The United States take on Ghana in their opening round of group play in the 2014 World Cup on Monday afternoon at 6:00 p.m. ET. The US was given a bit of a helping hand earlier in the day when Germany throttled Portugal 4-0, meaning that Portugal now has to pick up points in their matches against the US and Ghana later on in group play for a shot at advancing and their goal differential (first tie breaker) at this point is a bit shot.

The US were also assisted earlier with Pepe getting sent off with a red card, meaning he's suspended for the next game, which is the game against the US.

In Monday's match however, the US will try to pick up points against a team that's knocked them out of the World Cup in years past. The United States desperately want three points in the match, putting them in the driver's seat to make it out of the group with Germany, who looks ready to roll whoever they play in the group. At worst, the US wants to come away with one point and a draw heading into their match with Portugal.

Use this thread to talk about the game,

Who: Team USA vs. Ghana

What: 2014 World Cup group play

When: Monday, June 16, 6 p.m. ET

Where: Estadio Das Dunas, Natal, Brazil