Dramatic Win For Howard's USA
Keeper shines as United States defeat Ghana 2-1 in Natal.
Tim Howard's third World Cup began with a win as USA defeated Ghana in dramatic fashion in Natal.
Having seen his nation go ahead when Clint Dempsey struck with just 32 seconds on the clock, Howard - winning his 101st cap - marshalled his defence expertly and kept the Africans at bay until Andre Ayew's strike eight minutes from time.
However, Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks made himself the hero, powerfully heading home a corner just four minutes later to secure a fine victory for Jurgen Klinsmann's side.
It means the USA sit second to Group G leaders Germany with Portugal up next on Sunday.
The American's were looking for revenge against Ghana, having lost to the Black Stars in successive World Cups.
They got off to the perfect start when Dempsey caught their opponents cold, and a lack of creative Ghanaian quality in the final third - coupled with some impressive keeping from Howard - looked for a long time as though it would see the States through.
The Everton stopper kept out one particularly rasping drive from former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan before the break, while he commanded his back line superbly after they lost centre-half Matt Besler to injury at half-time.
And though Marseille's Ayew did eventually find a way past a resolute Howard with a neat flicked finish, it was Besler's replacement, Brooks, who provided the dramatic climax.
Look out on evertonfc.com for reaction to USA's win later on Tuesday.