NATAL, Brazil (AP) -- 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.
The U.S. lost striker Jozy Altidore, who was taken off after grabbing his left hamstring on a sprint down the left side in the 21st minute of the Group G match.