USMNT Prepares for 2026 World Cup with Ghana Clash in Nashville
|Gio Reyna #7 of the United States celebrates scoring with Christian Pulisic #10 during the first half against Ghana during an international friendly at GEODIS Park on October 17, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.(Image-Getty)|
The US Men's National Team (USMNT) is all set to face Ghana in a compelling clash at GEODIS Park in Nashville on October 17, 2023. The match, scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET, will be broadcast live on various platforms, including TNT, MAX, Peacock, and Universo, with Spanish-language audio available on Futbol de Primera. Additionally, fans can follow the action on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
As part of its World Cup preparations, the USMNT will confront a formidable Ghana side that has exhibited its prowess in multiple World Championships, making this encounter a significant test for both teams. This match marks the fifth meeting between the two sides, with three of the past matches taking place during World Cup competitions.
The USMNT roster features a diverse array of players, including the likes of Christian Pulisic, Tim Ream, Weston McKennie, and more, with the team averaging 24 years and 136 days on matchday. Among the players, several have made noteworthy contributions to the team's success, with numerous goals and significant international experience under their belts.
Yunus Musah, a player with Ghanaian heritage, is set to play against the country of his roots, adding a poignant layer to the match's narrative. The USMNT boasts a strong track record in Nashville, having secured impressive wins in previous encounters in the city.
The history between the USMNT and Ghana reflects the intensity and competitiveness of their past encounters, with each team showcasing their resilience and skill on the field. The upcoming match is expected to continue this tradition, adding another chapter to the enthralling rivalry between the two nations.
GHANA's RECENT JOURNEY
Ghana's national team, the Black Stars, experienced a promising start to 2023, maintaining an unbeaten streak through their initial six matches. However, their winning momentum was halted by Mexico in a recent friendly match, resulting in a 2-0 loss, which marked their first defeat of the year.
Under the leadership of manager Chris Hughton, who assumed the role on February 12, Ghana has navigated a series of challenging encounters. The team's journey began with a goalless draw against Algeria, followed by a series of matches in the 2023 AFCON qualifiers, where they secured mixed results, including victories and draws.
The Ghanaian squad consists of a diverse selection of players, with representatives from various renowned clubs across Europe and Africa. Notably, their roster boasts a strong presence in leagues such as Ligue 1 in France and the English Premier League, showcasing the international experience and skill of the players.
In terms of team composition, Thomas Partey, a key player with 13 goals in 46 appearances, captained the side in the recent match against Mexico. Notably, Gideon Mensah and Elisha Owusu, both members of the French club Auxerre, form the only club-based duo within the Ghanaian lineup.
Among the players, forward Ernest Nuamah, aged 19, stands out as the youngest member of the Ghanaian contingent, highlighting the team's blend of experienced veterans and emerging talents.