USA looks for win against Ghana in World Cup debut

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The United States makes its debut in this year's World Cup tonight against Ghana.

That's the same team that knocked the United States out of the 2010 World Cup.

The Americans need this win because they're in a tough bracket. They'll eventually have to play No. 4 Portugal and second-ranked Germany.

The IndyEleven soccer team is hosting two watch parties for the game tonight, which starts at 6pm.

One is at the Elbow Room Pub on North Pennsylvania. The other is at Old National Centre on North New Jersey. Admission for that party is $10.

Other World Cup action today:

Neymar kicked Brazil into gear, Robin van Persie soared for one of the most spectacular goals you'll see, and Argentine wizard Lionel Messi conjured up a little magic at the Maracana. Then there was Costa Rica's comeback against Uruguay. Expecting violent protests and unfinished stadiums, some worried Brazil 2014 could be a troubled World Cup, but with goals, great football Brazil and few protests it could be one of the best.

In one of the most eagerly-awaited matches of the group stage, Germany takes on Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in Group G.

Iran and Nigeria will be looking for their first win in a World Cup finals in 16 years when they meet in their opening encounter in Group F in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba. Victory could be crucial in a group Argentina is expected to top.

Spain prepares for its crucial World Cup match against Chile after having been crushed by the Netherlands in its Group B opener.

The key question for most ahead of Netherlands' second World Cup match is whether Robin Van Persie and co. can possibly top their stunning opening performance. With Robin van Persie's wonder header against Spain already firmly lodged in World Cup lore, the Dutch resume their bid for a first title on Wednesday against Australia - a match that will either confirm their progression to the second round or hand an unlikely lifeline to a team largely written off before it got on the plane.

Croatia will need to put the controversial penalty from its opening loss behind it and focus on the match against Cameroon as both teams need to win to keep their chances of advancement alive.

On June 16 in World Cup history: Algeria shocks West Germany in Gijon, Spain, in 1982. Algeria's 2-1 victory over one of the tournament favorites was only Africa's second ever in World Cup finals history. A minute after West Germany drew level through captain Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Lakhdar Belloumi stroked home the winner in the 68th minute. Belloumi said Algeria's victory provided a "blueprint" for other smaller nations to follow in future World Cups.