USA’s Donovan impressed by Ghana’s WC performance

USA star Landon Donovan admits he has been impressed by the performance of Ghana so far at the World Cup.

The African nation managed to qualify for the second phase of the tournament despite being without their best player in Michael Essien and competing in a very tough group (alongside Germany, Australia and Serbia) and their showing to date was not lost on Donovan.

“I’ve been impressed with them. I thought they would struggle a little bit without (Michael) Essien but I think they’ve looked very good,” he said.

As the USA prepare for Ghana who they will meet in the Round of 16 on Saturday, Donovan was erring on the side of caution.

“They’re going to be a very difficult team to play with. Clearly their athleticism will be difficult to deal with,” he added. “My guess is that they’re have quite a bit of support. Like a lot of African teams, they can be unpredictable sometimes, which can be a plus or a minus. We’ll spend the next two days looking at a lot of tape, like we always do, and looking at individual players and what they’re strengths and weaknesses are.”

And Donovan was planning to avenge the loss to Ghana in the 2006 World Cup in Germany when the USA needed a win to get through to the knockout phase.

“That was not a good day for me or for the team and what I remember most, personally, is my tentativeness and the immediate feeling afterwards, the finality of it and how disappointing that was,” Donovan said.

“I’ve already put that behind me. This is a chance to do something very special.”