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Clint Dempsey's Goal Gets U.S. Off To Dream World Cup Start (VIDEO/GIFs)

06/16/2014 06:05 pm ET | Updated Jun 17, 2014
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America, it's on.

The United States got its 2014 World Cup off to a dream start when Clint Dempsey scored inside the first minute of its opening match against Ghana. The goal came just 29 seconds after kickoff and was the fifth-fastest ever scored at the World Cup, according to FIFA.

Just moments into the teams' Group G opener at Estadio das Dunas in Natal, Dempsey, the U.S. captain, received a throw in on the left wing and initiated a passing sequence involving teammates DaMarcus Beasley and Jermaine Jones. The ball came back to Dempsey from Jones near the edge of the Ghana penalty area. The 31-year-old from Nacogdoches, Texas turned the ball toward goal with a deft first touch and then slipped through a pair of defenders with a second touch. Dempsey's third touch of the ball set up his shot, a low left-footed drive toward the far post that beat Ghana goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey.

Clint Dempsey scores in the 1st minute to put USA up 1-0 [GIF]:  on Twitpic(GIF via @FlyByKnite)

The first-minute strike gave Dempsey goals in three straight trips to the World Cup. His first career World Cup goal game against Ghana in 2006 during a previous installment of the rivalry that has been rekindled in Brazil. With Ghana twice dealing the U.S. team defeats that sent it crashing out of the World Cup, Dempsey seemed understandably fired up after his early score.

GIF: Clint Dempsey is fired up on Twitpic(GIF via @cjzero)

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