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Klinsmann sticks with lineup that beat Nigeria for Ghana clash

Klinsmann sticks with lineup that beat Nigeria for Ghana clash

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The United States beat the Africa Cup of Nations champions 2-1 on June 7 and will take the field with the same starting XI when they open their tournament

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann will field the same line-up that he used to beat Nigeria in the final friendly when they take on Ghana in their World Cup opener.

The German coach deployed a unique team against the Super Eagles earlier this month which showed great promise against the defending African champions, beating them 2-1. 

Now Klinsmann will see if that same line-up can beat the team that has eliminated the Americans from the past two World Cups.

Alejandro Bedoya and Kyle Beckerman have been called upon to start in the midfield alongside Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones.

Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore will be are up front against the Ghanaians, with the Sunderland forward hoping to build on the two goals he scored against Nigeria.

The back four is the same as that which put in a solid display at the Everbank Field, with Fabian Johnson and DaMarcus Beasley providing speed from the fullback positions, while Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron man the central defender slots.

Veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard remains in goal for his second straight World Cup, with Monday marking his 101st appearance for the national team.

Starting XI: Howard; Beasley, Besler, Cameron, Johnson; Beckerman, Jones, Bedoya, Bradley; Dempsey, Altidore