USA vs. Ghana World Cup 2010 could be fantastic. The matchup takes place on Saturday, June 26, 2010 in South Africa It will be hard to top what the United States did against Algeria in the last outing for the Americans in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Landon Donovan sent chills into the collective souls of American soccer fans by drilling a game winner in the final stages–helping Team USA avoid a third place finish and instead winning group C.
Now USA moves on to a knockout round match against Ghana in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The game is large for both respective club because of several reasons. First, it’s an elimination game and the loser is out. Secondly, the winner advances to the quarterfinals. An elite eight finish is respectable in the eyes of the soccer world regardless of what the winner of this match does in that quarterfinal contest.
A sweet 16 finish also speaks volumes. The United States has been proving it belongs with some of the better competition in the world thanks to their play in Group C. While USA was not dominant in any match so far, they still have found ways to win and come from behind when it looked as though they were destined for a loss. Maybe this team is destined for greater things. Maybe USA vs. Ghana World Cup 2010 just represents another step and obstacle the United States will need to overcome to be mentioned in the same breath as the other soccer greats of the world. While a USA win against Ghana will not put the Americans into elite mention just yet, it will provide another building block to further illuminate why soccer as a whole is growing in the United States.
The match between USA and Ghana represents the first official chance in some time for the Americans to move forward into the upper echelon of such a prestigious tournament. The 2010 FIFA World Cup represents the best of the best, regardless of the fact that Italy or England may be down this year. The fact is that the United States soccer team is currently up. A few more wins will prove to the soccer world that the United States belongs in the soccer elite. A win against Ghana is another huge step in getting to that level. That’s why the USA vs. Ghana World Cup 2010 match on Saturday will be fantastic. Even if the United States does lose, the Americans will still leave somewhat content they have proven something on the field.
So when USA does lineup against Ghana tomorrow in the knockout round-the Americans will already have won something symbolic that nobody can take away from them until the next World Cup. They won a Group and advanced to the round of 16. That in itself is one major hurdle to clear for any country. As Americans, many of us have a strong gut feeling that the United States will not be content with just getting to the knockout round. The Americans have still not shown what they are capable of for two halves. If that does happen, Ghana could be the unlucky recipient of a barrage of shots and stingy defense when the two meet on Saturday in the 2010 World Cup.