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US wins late thriller versus Ghana

Clint Dempsey celebrates after scoring the opening goal Monday against Ghana.
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Clint Dempsey celebrates after scoring the opening goal Monday against Ghana.

A leading header by John Brooks in the 87th minute gave the U.S. a hard fought World Cup triumph over Ghana, after the United States nearly blew its early lead.

Clint Dempsey, who broke his nose during Monday's 2-1 victory, gave the U.S. instant momentum by scoring the fifth-fastest goal in World Cup history. Alongside Dempsey's inspiring game-opening play, U.S. goalie Tim Howard kept the Ghanians off the scoreboard for nearly the entire game.

Other player highlights include the defensive play of Jermaine Jones and Kyle Beckerman, who overcame early struggles to win six of eight aerial duels and complete nine of 12 tackles.

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Also of note, according to NBC Sports, the entry on Brooks' Wiki page after the final whistle said:

"He is the greatest american since Abraham Lincoln."

To read the full story at NBC Sports, click here.