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Asamoah Gyan says “Ghana is the more talented team” ahead of US match

Jun 15, 2014, 10:37 PM EDT

Asamoah Gyan

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan reintroduced himself to US Soccer on Sunday evening telling reporters at the pre-match press conference in Natal that “Ghana is the more talented team.”

While those on hand, including Soccerwire’s Charles Boehm, were quick to point out that the comment was made causally and without intent to inflame the pre-match banter, the soundbite nevertheless goes a long way to shedding light on the Ghanaians psyche heading into Monday’s match.

From Soccerwire:

“Ghana is the more talented team. We’ve got young, talented players who are coming up. Talking about the tournament, I think we’ve got the youngest team, and most of the players are playing well in their clubs, they are in great shape.

The United States team, they are a good side. We’ve watched them a couple of times, they are a very dangerous team. But we don’t think about other teams, we think of ourselves first. It’s going to be like they’re coming for revenge. I think mentally, they don’t want us to beat them for the third time, which is going to make the game very, very interesting and difficult for us.”

Ghana have knocked the US out of the last two World Cups. In 2006, they handed the Yanks a 2-1 loss in the final match of the group stage while in 2010, Gyan scored an extra time goal to defeat the Americans 2-1 in the Round of 16. Whether the Black Stars have more talent than the Americans is debatable but there’s hardly any surprise that, as the youngest team in the tournament, ‘talent’ is the adjective Gyan uses to describe the squad.

Arguably the more important sound from the former Sunderland striker is the second bit, which sets forth a keen understanding of the US heading into the game. First and foremost, there’s on-field respect. Secondly, Gyan understands just how huge a match this is for the US, not only to help get out of Group G but from a revenge perspective.

So good on Gyan for playing it cool. Physically and mentally, Ghana will be ready for the US and vice versa. It’s all there for the taking, no additional motivation required.

  1. jrocknstuff - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    As an athlete, if you don’t believe you can win every time you step on the field you have no business playing the game. So I have no problem with anything he said. I’m sure if you ask anyone on the US team they’ll say they’re the more talented side.

    • schmutzdeck - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      Being more talented does not mean you will win.

  2. ez0682 - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Dude well i have bad news ghana is the better an more talented team this ain’t the nba or nfl where fluke happens

    • anythingbutyanks - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      What!? “Fluke” outcomes are always more common in games and sports that lend themselves to low scores. US and Ghana could easily play to a 1-1 draw, or a penalty or own goal could turn the result to favor the US.

    • normanquimbey - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      Duh, do we have soccer in the US? I haven’t seen any beer commercials, if they don’t have beer commercials it can’t be very big…..

    • nicapinolero - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      Should be defensive alignment. It’s more complex for the offense.

    • tridecagon - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      So what happened, then?

  3. navyeoddavee9 - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    ez: punctuation, goes a long way, in making a point.

  4. lyleoross - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Isn’t it a bit early? The last time the two played was four years ago, and Ghana was the better, barely. We will know who the more talented team in, oh, about 19 hours give or take 90 minutes.

  5. normanquimbey - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Duh, do we have soccer in the US? I haven’t seen any beer commercials, if they don’t have beer commercials it can’t be very big…..

  6. gvera7 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    If the u.s can’t impress on this one it’s over..I doubt they’ll do anything to Germany or Portugal. Especially without Donovan this isn’t going far.

  7. kicksave1980 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Ez…nothing against Costa Rica, but are you saying they’re more talented than Uruguay? Because that just happened.

  8. gvera7 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Uruguay has it’s problems and isn’t the same Uruguay from previous years..Costa Rica took advantage of being the better built underdog so congrats to them

  9. tridecagon - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Okay Gyan, go show off that talent against Germany and Portugal! You’re more talented than us, and we plan on getting a result against Portugal on Sunday, so it should be simple for you!

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