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June 16, 2014

U.S. confident going into opening World Cup showdown with Ghana

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NATAL, Brazil —

Barring late injuries, Tim Howard will be in goal, and Fabian Johnson figures to start at right back, Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler in central defense and DaMarcus Beasley at left back. Kyle Beckerman, Jermaine Jones and Bradley anchor the midfield, and Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore will be up front. The fourth midfielder likely will come from among Alejandro Bedoya, Graham Zusi and Brad Davis. Beasley would become the first American to play in four World Cups.

The Americans will wear their red white and blue road uniforms. While confident, Ghana coach James Appiah sounded wary.

“America years back I believe was more interested in baseball,” he said. “They are a big football country now.”

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