By Cheval John
The United States are very lucky to have won their matchup against Ghana by the score of 2-1 at the Estadio Das Dunas in Natal, Brazil.
During the first half after Clint Dempsey recorded the 6th fastest goal in World Cup history for a 1-0 lead in the first minute, the U.S. defense held Ghana at bay.
When U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann brought in John Brooks to replace Max Besler for the second half, it seemed like the move was going to backfire.
The Ghanians outshot the U.S. 21-8 in the match.
Most of those shots came in the second half after the substitution.
That caused ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman to question: "Why did Klinsmann made the substitution?"*
Inexplicably, Ghana equalized in the 82nd minute when Andre Ayew received a pass in the box and flicked it with his left foot past Tim Howard.
With a lackluster offense for most of the second half, the U.S. were able to get a cornerkick in the closing minutes.
On the set piece play in the 86th minute, Brooks, who seemed to be the goat on the substitution, headed a spectacular cross into the net to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead.
From that moment, the U.S. were able to hang on for the win and most importantly, secure the necessary three points.
Klinsmann really dodge a bullet because with two more games coming up against Portugal (June 22) and Germany (June 26th), he needs to figure out who will be the person to propel his squad out of the "group of death."