1 – Ghana are one of three nations along with Belgium and South Korea to have only one player over the age of 30 in their squad at the start of the tournament. 31-year old Michael Essien holds that honour for Ghana.
1 – USA have only 1 player in their squad who was named in a UEFA Champions League squad last season. Jermaine Jones made 3 appearances in Europe’s top club competition for Schalke 04 last season. Iran are the only nation without a Champions League player in the 2014 World Cup.
1 – Ghana head coach Kwesi Appiah is the first Ghanaian to take charge of his nation in a World Cup. This is the Black Stars’ third World Cup – they have never been eliminated at the group stage.
2 – USA striker Jozy Altidore has scored only 2 goals in 59 Premier League games. He remains on the books at Sunderland whom he played for last season.
3 – This is the third consecutive World Cup that Ghana have faced USA. The African side have won 2-1 on both previous occasions, including their round of 16 extra-time win in South Africa four years ago.
6 – No player scored more goals than Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan in the African qualifiers.
17 – USA have lost 17 of their last 27 matches at the World Cup. They have never recorded more than 2 wins in a single tournament.
23 – USA have only kept two clean sheets in their last 23 games at the World Cup.
25 – Ghana were the top scorers in African qualifying with 25 goals.
25 – At 25 years and 164 days, Ghana are the youngest squad at the 2014 World Cup.