The USA vs Ghana friendly match will form part of the United States’ preparations for their hosting of the Gold Cup tournament.
US Men’s National Team (MNT) is set to take on Ghana’s Black Stars in a friendly match on July 1, as they build-up to the CONCACAF Gold Cup. This was confirmed on Monday by the US soccer team. The game which will serve as a tune-up ahead of group-stage games against Panama, Martinique, and Nicaragua, is expected to take place at the Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
USA vs Ghana
Ghana is considered the US’ biggest nemesis in World Cup competition, having battled with the country in each of the last three editions of the tournament. According to US coach, Bruce Arena the Black Stars will give them the needed test ahead of the tournament.
Ghana has on two occasions, knocked out USA in the World Cup -in 2006 and 2010 respectively. In 2006, The Black Stars prevented the U.S. from reaching the second round thanks to a 2–1 win in the final game of the group stage. And in 2010, USA and Ghana met again in the Round of 16, with Ghana once again prevailing by a 2–1 scoreline and eliminating US in extra time.
The US got their revenge in 2014 when they secured a 2–1 win in their opening group game of the FIFA World Cup; with goals from Clint Dempsey and John Brooks.
For Ghana, the match will be the second in the United States at that time of the year. The team will face Mexico on June 29, in a friendly in Texas, which is also part of Mexico’s program for the Gold Cup.
For new Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah, this will be his second time of coming up against the United States. His first clash with the US was in 2014 when he lost the tie by two goals to one in the World Cup.
The Gold Cup is held every two years. Before 2015, when the Gold Cup did not fall on the same year as the FIFA Confederations Cup, the winner, or highest placed team that is a member of both CONCACAF and FIFA, qualified for the next staging of that tournament.