The main story of the day was the World Cup. After 4 years of waiting, we finally got the United States back in the World Cup. And what’s more fitting than having the US take on their World Cup rivals Ghana. Ghana is the best team in Africa, and they have been responsible for eliminating the United States in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cup. So how would it all play out?
Within just 32 seconds, Clint Dempsey dribbled towards the net, and kicked in a beautiful goal. Nobody expected the US to score that early. But then, it turned into a defensive stand, as Ghana went on the attack. It almost seemed like we had no offense after that goal. To make matters worse, USA’s star forward Jozy Altidore went down with a hamstring injury. He was taken out for precautionary measures, and his status for the remainder of the World Cup is uncertain.
The hero of the game was USA’s goalie Tim Howard. He held down the net, thwarting many of Ghana shots. Late in the second half, however, Ghana eventually got their equalizer, and it looked like the United States was headed toward a tie. But, then a sub came in, 20-year old John Brooks, and on a corner kick, he headed a perfect ball into the net for the go ahead goal. It was a miracle. The US was able to hold on for the win. That’s 3 points for the US! They are now pumped up to take on Ronaldo and Portugal.
Finally, in baseball, some very sad news as Hall of Famer and former San Diego Padres star Tony Gwynn has died. Gwynn was a household name in San Diego, playing his college ball at San Diego State, and then playing his entire 20 year career in San Diego. He was also one of the most beloved players in baseball history, and one of the most fantastic hitters of all time. The game will miss Gwynn.