Once again the U.S. gives up an early goal to start the match down. These guys sure do like playing from behind, but they are messing with danger. With both teams playing conservative the first half ends with Ghana leading by one.
The U.S. came out in the second half with a little fight in them and soon thereafter, the United State were rewarded with a penalty kick after an American was taken down in the box. In the one area where the U.S. is even with the best teams in the world, who they would send to the spot to take the penalty kick was a no brainer. Landon Donovan stepped up and banked it off the side of the post knocking it into the back of the net tying the game and showing he and America are for real. With the game being a tactical masterpiece with transition and normal play both being used the game ended at a 1-1 tie sending the two teams off the field for a quick break before playing two 15 minute halves.
Just as they started the game, Ghana scored early into the extra period putting the USA into another chase mode. The U.S. fought with all they had and had several opportunities but nothing could find it's way into the goal and Ghana moved on and the U.S. went home. It was a very entertaining match that was one by Ghana's quick and early strike offense. The U.S. were disappointed, and deservingly so, but they had plenty to be proud about. The most noteworthy point being how many Americans they made soccer fans.