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Dempsey scores in 32 seconds to give US 1-0 halftime lead over Ghana

Ghana's Christian Atsu, left, looks back at his net as United States' Jermaine Jones celebrates a goal by Clint Dempsey during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Ghana's Christian Atsu, left, looks back at his net as United States' Jermaine Jones celebrates a goal by Clint Dempsey during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)  (The Associated Press)

Clint Dempsey scored one of fastest goals in World Cup history, knocking in a low shot just 32 seconds into the match to give the U.S. a 1-0 halftime lead over Ghana.

Dempsey' goal made him the first U.S. player to score in three different World Cups and ranked as the fifth-fastest in tournament history.

DaMarcus Beasley started the play with a pass to Jermaine Jones, who fed it to Dempsey inside the penalty area. With two touches, Dempsey split two defenders before sending a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey that bounced off the post and in.

The U.S. lost striker Jozy Altidore, who was taken off after grabbing his left hamstring on a sprint down the left side in the 21st minute of the Group G match.