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Sacramento Soccer Fans Rejoice In United States’ 2-1 World Cup Win Over Ghana

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The United States soccer team opened the World Cup with a thrilling 2-1 win over Ghana.

NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 16:  Clint Dempsey of the United States shoots and scores his team's first goal past goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey of Ghana during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

NATAL, BRAZIL – JUNE 16: Clint Dempsey of the United States shoots and scores his team’s first goal past goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey of Ghana during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The U.S. team opened with the sixth-fastest goal in World Cup history by Clint Dempsey and held that lead for 81 minutes, until Ghana responded with a score of its own from Andre Ayew.

US goalkeeper Tim Howard fails to stop a ball shot by Ghana's midfielder Andre Ayew during a Group G football match between Ghana and US at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014.   AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO

US goalkeeper Tim Howard fails to stop a ball shot by Ghana’s midfielder Andre Ayew during a Group G football match between Ghana and US at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO

But in the 86th minute, the U.S converted on a set piece, with John Brooks heading the ball off a corner kick from Graham Zusi into the net for the go-ahead goal.

US defender John Brooks (L) celebrates after scoring during a Group G football match between Ghana and US at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO

US defender John Brooks (L) celebrates after scoring during a Group G football match between Ghana and US at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO

NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 16:  John Brooks of the United States (C) celebrates scoring his team's second goal with Graham Zusi (L) and Fabian Johnson (R) during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

NATAL, BRAZIL – JUNE 16: John Brooks of the United States (C) celebrates scoring his team’s second goal with Graham Zusi (L) and Fabian Johnson (R) during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

US defender John Brooks (down) celebrates with teammates after scoring during a Group G football match between Ghana and US at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA

US defender John Brooks (down) celebrates with teammates after scoring during a Group G football match between Ghana and US at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA

The win wasn’t all good news for the United States.

PHOTO GALLERY: USA Wins 2-1 Over Ghana In World Cup opener

Forward Jozy Altidore, a player heavily relied on in head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s system, pulled up with an injured hamstring in the 23rd minute. After the game, the team said it was tight and was awaiting more tests that will be done on Tuesday.

NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 16:  An injured Jozy Altidore of the United States lies on the field during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

NATAL, BRAZIL – JUNE 16: An injured Jozy Altidore of the United States lies on the field during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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