World Cup 2010: United States V Ghana Preview

Chris BennettContributor IJune 23, 2010

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 23:  Landon Donovan of the United States celebrates with teammate Edson Buddle after scoring the winning goal that sends the USA through to the second round during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between USA and Algeria at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on June 23, 2010 in Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Date: Saturday, 2:30 et

United States (winner, Group C) v. Ghana (Runner-up, group D)

Counter-attack. Landon Donovan looks up at the massive score board in Loftus Versfeld Stadium and sees the time; This is their last chance. He sees the pass into the box hit Dempsey's foot and then off the goalie. The ball redirects and lands near the six-yard-box. This is his chance. With one quick movement he is upon the ball and without hesitation, puts it into the back of the net. There is no feeling like it.

For Landon Donovan, This has been his tour of redemption. His two goals in the last two games has seen the United States not only progress into the final sixteen, but has changed his legacy. Now Donovan and the rest of the United States must regroup and prepare themselves for the last remaining African team in the tournament, Ghana.

Although young, Ghana is quick and lethal. Just think, they got into the knock-out stage without their star Michael Essien. Goal-oriented and determined, Ghana will have the entire African Continent rooting for them, which could cause some problems for the United States, especially if they let up an early goal.

 Key Players:

United States: Landon Donovan: Donovan must keep it up. He has been lethal from set plays and runs the offense through him. If Donovan can stay hot, The United States with advance.

Ghana: Asamoag Gyan: Scoring both of Ghana's goal in the tournament, the 24-year-old striker needs to be on the top of his game if Ghana is to win. Gyan is a marksman, and if the United States don't do something about giving up quality scoring chances early in games, He will put one in the net. 

 

Prediction: The United States must come out fast and strong and limit early scoring opportunities. Although Ghana is talented, but the United States have too much and they are red-hot. 1-0 win for the United States sees them into the final 8.