June 17, 2014 11:52 AM EDT

Americans aren’t known worldwide for their love of soccer, but rather for their love of winning. The two combined on June 16 when the U.S. national team beat Ghana 2-1 in their opening match of the World Cup. Clint Dempsey scored less than a minute into the game and Ghana later fought back with a goal of their own. But it was 21-year-old defender John Brooks‘ goal in the 86th minute—on a header from a corner kick—that led his team to victory and, at least for one night, to win the hearts and minds of U.S. fans.

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