Clint Dempsey named Man of the Match in USA’s win over Ghana (Photo)


On Monday night, Clint Dempsey helped to spark the United States to victory in their 2014 World Cup opener over Ghana.

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Dempsey stormed down the pitch in the opening seconds to score the first goal of the game just 29 seconds in.

It was the quickest goal ever recorded by a USA player in World Cup history and the fifth fastest goal in World Cup history.

After the game, fans voted Dempsey as the Man of the Match presented by Budweiser for his gritty performance that included battling through a broken nose that he suffered in the first half after taking a boot to the face.

You can get a look at Dempsey holding his award and rocking the crooked, swollen nose in the photo above.

There were 90,818 votes cast following the USA vs. Ghana game to name the winner. Just fourteen games into the World Cup, there have already been more than 1 million votes placed during Man of the Match voting.

After every match, fans can vote on who is deserving of the Man of the Match Award presented by Budweiser by clicking this link.

As an added bonus, Budweiser is giving a handful of fans from around the world who embody the selfless spirit of the Rise As One campaign and have given back to the game of football in many ways an opportunity to present the FIFA Man Of The Match, presented by Budweiser trophy to select winners.

Here is more information on how to vote:

"The FIFA Man of the Match, presented by Budweiser, will continue to bring football fans closer to the game that they love, as the award is determined by fan voting. In addition to voting on and through the official FIFA World CupTM iOS and Android app, the program will feature an all-new, Twitter voting mechanism, where, when users tap the #ManoftheMatch Tweet from @FIFAcom either online or from their mobile device, a custom Twitter Card will display featuring side by side player photos, giving users the chance to cast their vote for the Man of the Match.Users who tap one of the photos to vote will automatically generate a Tweet with their selection. Voting for the FIFA Man Of The Match, presented by Budweiser, begins at the start of the second half of every match, closes at the final whistle, and will now be available in six languages – English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German and Arabic."

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