Earlier, Uruguay beat South Korea, and is now waiting for the winner of this match for a Friday afternoon meeting in the quarterfinal. The U.S. hasn’t lost to Uruguay since 1993, but then it hasn’t actually played Uruguay since a 2002 friendly -- only DaMarcus Beasley (who scored the winner that day) and Landon Donovan (a second-half sub) survive from that team. But I’m getting ahead of myself, aren’t I? There’s the small matter of Ghana yet!
Bob Bradley has done a spot of tinkering in what looks like an attempt to inject a bit more pace and catch Ghana on the hop -- Robbie Findley is back up front and Ricardo Clark is in the middle with Michael Bradley. I feel a bit sorry for the dropped Maurice Edu, to be honest, since he’s the only one to have looked comfortable in there.
The running in that side could be crucial, though, because Milovan Rajevac has gone with a back five. If full-backs Samuel Inkoom and Hans Sarpei are encouraged up the wings, there’ll be space for the U.S. to try and get in behind Ghana on the break.
Most importantly, we need a bit of good, old-fashioned “USA! USA!”, so thanks to Jeffrey Tartarkin for laying on a bit of Hulkmania.
USA: Tim Howard, Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Landon Donovan, Ricardo Clark, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Robbie Findley, Jozy Altidore.
Ghana: Richard Kingson, John Pantsil, John Mensah, Jonathan Mensah, Hans Sarpei, Anthony Annan, Kevin Prince Boateng, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew, Asamoah Gyan.