When John Brooks scored the goal that would give the United States a 2-1 victory over Ghana in its World Cup opener Monday, his teammates knew the end was near.
Exactly how near was the question.
Because there was no scoreboard clock in the stadium in Natal, Brazil, several U.S. players said after the match they had no idea exactly how much time was left when Brooks scored, which was in the 86th of the scheduled 90 minutes of regulation time.
The key word here is "scheduled."
In soccer, a match almost never lasts only 90 minutes.
There is this unscheduled matter called "stoppage time" or "injury time," which can be added at the...