Asamoah Gyan celebrates his score in extra time. It was a nice goal. He controlled a long ball, evaded US defenders and nailed a hard shot over US goalie Tim Howard who had come out to cut the angle. (AP photo)
The United States soccer team lost today 2-1 in extra time to Ghana. The US again let in early goals--at the 5 minute mark of the first 90 minutes and 3 minutes into the 30 minute extra time period. They were able to respond to the first goal by Ghana with a Landon Donovan penalty shot in minute 62, but despite putting pressure on Ghana late, could not put it all together for a goal to equalize in the extra time. An equalizer would have sent the match to penalty kicks.
A nice run for Team USA, but they need to figure out this early goal giving up thing. In the early rounds, when teams may not be as good, or as good as they are going to be, you might be able to get by with this, but once you reach the round of 16, most of the bad teams are gone. US soccer has not arrived quite yet.