Now that there has been plenty of time to get over the fact that the USMNT is in the group of death in the World Cup, it is easy to see that the first match against Ghana is the most important match. With tougher competition in the following two matches, the USMNT must take the three points from Ghana.
Ghana beat the U.S. in the last group stage match in 2006 and eliminated the U.S. in 2010. USMNT captain Clint Dempsey thinks his team is due some luck and a win. Meanwhile, Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah is calling this match a war and admits that he has been unable to look past the USMNT. Ghana knows just as much as the U.S. that they need the points from the first match, and it will take a lot of belief and some luck to advance out of the group.
The main reason why this is the most important game is because getting points off of Portugal or Germany will be extremely tough. A win against Ghana gives the USMNT confidence and a valuable three points. A draw or loss would almost end the tournament for the USMNT on June 16. This is how coach Jurgen Klinsmann sees it.
There is no doubt about it. The USMNT need the three points against the Black Stars. They need vindication, but most importantly they need confidence that can be built upon for further success in the World Cup.