Ghana v USA

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ preview: Ghana v USA

Date: June 16

Venue: Estadio das Dunas

City: Natal, Brazil

Group: G

Match number: 16

Nicknames: Black Stars (Ghana), The Stars and Stripes (USA)

Coaches: Akwasi Appiah (Ghana), Jürgen Klinsmann (USA)

Key players: Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana), Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley (USA)

Best ever FIFA World Cup™ finishes: Ghana became the third African team ever to reach the quarterfinals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. The USMNT came in third at the first ever FIFA World Cup™ in 1930. Since then the Stars and Stripes best finish came in 2002 when they reached the quarterfinals.

Rivalry history: This is a real budding rivalry after Ghana ended the USA’s FIFA World Cup™ dreams in 2006 and 2010. In Germany, the Black Stars won 2-1 in the final game of the Group Stage to dump the Stars and Stripes out of the competition. In South Africa, Gyan scored in extra-time to send Ghana into the quarterfinals and leave the USMNT wanting more.