A little more than 30 seconds into the U.S. men’s national team’s World Cup opener Monday, the outdoor watch party crowd at Kansas City’s Power & Light District roared as Clint Dempsey put the Americans up 1-0 on Ghana.
The U.S. team led 1-0 at halftime.
Sporting KC’s Matt Besler started the game for the U.S. and came off after halftime. But his teammate Graham Zusi came on for the U.S. in the 77th minute.
Ghana tied the score shortly after as the game headed in to the final minutes, but then Zusi’s corner kick to John Brooks gave the Americans the lead once again. The U.S. held on for a 2-1 win and take on Portugal on Sunday.