Ghana team to play USA: Kwarasey, Opare Asamoah, Mensah, Boye; Sulley, Rabiu Atsu, A Ayew ;J Ayew, Gyan—
Theo Sakyi (@TKSakyi) June 16, 2014
The skinny: This is a massive departure from the standard 4-4-2 line-ups sent out there by Appiah during qualifying. Of course, those line-ups had Majeed Waris partnering Asomoah Gyan up top–the best is Waris was not passed fit.
The top of the attack will function a bit differently here. Asamoah Gyan will hold the ball with Atsu–less of a playmakes and more speedy that Waris–playing immediately off him.
Jordan Ayew and Andre Ayew are on the flanks likely looking to get in isolated situations versus the US fullbacks.
Michael Essien sits and the “speedier” Sulley Muntari likely manage the ball and puts it up the left flank to either Ayew dashing behind or Kwadmo Asamoah progressing from leftback.
In a surprise, Appiah names the better of Harrison Afful and Daniel Opare…Opare…back to rightback.
This is a faster team for Ghana likely taking advantage of wet conditions and sitting deep begging the to break them down.
The US been given to getting gapped before on defense and the challenge here will be even more so the cohesiveness of Besler-Cameron and whether Kyle Beckerman now sits in the middle.
The US should be able to possess the ball deep against Ghana and you can imagine them attempting to breakdown Ghana like they did Panama hopefully in Seattle–by retaining possession very deep and challenging Ghana to come up the field.
Should be very interesting…..