Clint Dempsey makes a move before scoring the game's opening goal.
NATAL, Brazil -
Clint Dempsey scored one of fastest goals in World Cup history, knocking in a low shot just 32 seconds into the match to give the U.S. a 1-0 halftime lead over Ghana.
Dempsey' goal made him the first U.S. player to score in three different World Cups and ranked as the fifth-fastest in tournament history.
DaMarcus Beasley started the play with a pass to Jermaine Jones, who fed it to Dempsey inside the penalty area. With two touches, Dempsey split two defenders before sending a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey that bounced off the post and in.
Andre Ayew tied the score in the 82nd minute for Ghana, but John Brooks' header off of a corner kick put the Americans back on top four minutes later. WATCH: Fans react to winning goal
Jozy Altidore left the game after straining his left hamstring in the 21st minute.
The 24-year-old forward was running down a ball with Ghana's John Boye on Monday night when he lowered his head to attempt to control it, grabbed the back of his left leg and fell to the ground.
Wincing in pain, Altidore was taken off on a stretcher and replaced two minutes later by Aron Johannsson.
Dempsey also left the game briefly after being kicked in the nose later in the first half, but he returned.
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