Jurgen Klinsmann (Supplied)
Cape Town - United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann declared himself satisfied with the outcome of his team’s World Cup opener against Ghana in Natal on Monday night.
While the USA established the early lead, courtesy of a Clint Dempsey goal in the first minute of the match, it was actually the Black Stars who exercised control for most of the tie.
However, despite enjoying 59 percent of the possession, Ghana could only secure the equaliser in the 82nd minute of the match.
The United States were undeterred by the Andre Ayew goal and John Brooks subsequently scored the winner for the North Americans, and with that the Stars and Stripes secured three crucial points in what is a tough World Cup group.
"It was a grind, but it was a wonderful win at the end of the day," Klinsmann told journalists.
"We got the three points we really wanted, and this is definitely the start that we want (to our campaign)," added the German tactician.
"It was a very dynamic game, with chances being created on both sides (and) it was a big moment for Brooks, who came into the game after half-time. (Indeed), it was a very special moment for him and he had a great game," added a delighted Klinsmann.
The United States next face off against a severely wounded Portugal, who were hammered 4-0 by Germany in their first game.