US falls 2-1 in overtime
The United States fell today in its do or die match with Ghana 2-1 in overtime. Once again, yielding a soft goal at the five minute mark, the US looked uncomfortable the whole first half and midfielder Ricardo Clark a late addition to the starting lineup was pulled not long after a miscue led to the goal.
Tim Howard was uncharacteristically beaten on the short side on a surprise run down the left side of the US defense to give Ghana the early lead. Clint Dempsey made a brilliant run and was taken down forcing a penalty shot converted by Landon Donovan in the second half, now the all time leader in US history with six World Cup goals.
Ghana the youngest team in the tournament featured half a dozen players under age 25 and took the world trophy for under 20 champions last fall.
For many US players the end of this tournament also means the end of their World Cup careers representing their country at the biggest sporting competition in the world.