Big goal. Broken nose. Pretty involved game from Clint Dempsey on Monday, as the U.S. men’s national team beat Ghana, 2-1, in the World Cup.
Dempsey opened the scoring with a virtuoso effort 34 seconds in, the sixth fastest goal in World Cup history. There was another milestone involved as the Sounders FC star became the first American to score in three World Cups, having also tallied in 2006 in Germany (versus Ghana) and 2010 in South Africa (versus England).
In some other notes, Dempsey made his 106th international appearance, which tied him with Eric Wynalda for ninth in federation history. He has also played seven World Cup games (tied for 11th), has 38 international goals (second best) and three World Cup goals (tied for third).
Elsewhere around the team, John Brooks‘ winner made him the first American substitute to score in a World Cup. Jozy Altidore and Matt Besler left the game with hamstring issues, though Besler’s was deemed a precautionary move. DaMarcus Beasley became the first American to play in four World Cups.
The USMNT had never beaten Ghana, a country that eliminated the Yanks in the last two World Cups.
In something to keep an eye on, Dempsey also appeared to suffer a broken nose in the game, when taking an errant foot to the face from Ghanaian defender John Boye, but it shouldn’t affect the availability of the USMNT captain.
Dempsey says he thinks his nose is broken.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 17, 2014
Dempsey: "Hopefully I'll be able to breath through my nose again before the next game." Said he was spitting up blood during game.
— Sam Borden (@SamBorden) June 17, 2014
— Jay DeMerit (@D6MERIT) June 17, 2014
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) June 17, 2014
— Josh Katzowitz (@joshkatzowitz) June 16, 2014