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ASN Morning Read: Three Points? Three Points.

The U.S. exorcised nearly a decade's worth of demons in an instant classic. Dempsey's goal in the opening minute and Brooks' goal in the dying minutes put the U.S. in great position to advance out of Group G.
BY Jesse Yomtov Posted
June 17, 2014
8:02 AM
  • After eight agonizing years, the United States defeat Ghana 2-1 in Natal. If Germany were to win or draw against Ghana on Saturday, the U.S. could clinch a spot a knockout stage with a win against Portugal on Sunday.

  • “It's almost like Jurgen can see the future,” Kyle Beckerman said. “It's the first time we had the bench warm up like the starters before the game. That happened.”

  • Blake Thomsen laid out his player ratings from Monday’s win. We want yours.

  • We all love graphics and The New York Times has some fantastic ones diagraming the two U.S. goals.

  • It’s not Bill Clinton drinking Budweiser with Carlos Bocanegra, but this will do:

  • Jurgen Klinsmann on Matt Besler’s hamstring: “With Matt, it’s no problem. We made the right decision. And he didn’t get any injuries, so he’s all fine.”

    Matt Besler on Matt Besler’s hamstring: “Unfortunately, I can’t put a timeframe on it. We’re going find out more [Tuesday], find out more information. For me, I’m not that familiar with muscle injuries. I really can’t give you much on how it feels on that front.”

  • View of Brooks’ winner from the stands in Natal.

  • Portugal is going to be short-handed on Sunday. Left back Fabio Coentrao and striker Hugo Almeida are both doubtful after sustaining injuries against Germany, while Pepe is suspended after receiving a red card because Pepe gonna Pepe:

  • Sporting KC hooked us up with an amazing slow-motion video reaction to Clint Dempsey’s goal:

  • Finally, Landon Donovan's new EA Sports commercial is absolutely amazing:
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