In a thrilling match with Ghana, the U.S. team emerged with a 2-1 victory after scoring in the first minute and then again late in the game to answer a tying-goal.
The winning score by John Brooks Jr. of the U.S., a header, came minutes after Ghana tied the match in the 82nd minute.
The win leaves the Americans well-position in Group G after Germany embarrassed Portugal earlier in the day, 4-0.
On the Americans' initial offensive foray after kickoff,
Ghana's Andre Ayew scored the equalizer in the 82nd minute but the lead was short-lived.
Brooks subbed in late in the first half and has positioned himself to be the hero for the U.S. with his score in the 86th minute.
Dempsey, assisted by
The remainder of the half was bittersweet. The U.S. lead stood firm, but striker
Altidore was toted away on a stretcher and replaced by Aron Johannsson, the young backup at a position frighteningly thin on experience. The diagnosis was a strained hamstring.
Ghana, though with a sizable upper hand on ball possession, did not launch a shot on goal until the 32nd minute.