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American Dream: John Brooks Scores Game-Winning Goal

Brooks dreamed he scored in the 80th minute of the U.S. World Cup opener against Ghana, 86 minutes into Monday’s game it became reality.

John Brooks of the U.S. heads to score a goal during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match against Ghana at the Dunas arena in Natal, Brazil on June 16, 2014.

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Brooks scored during the 86th minute of the game against Ghana.

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Brooks' goal gave the United States a 2-1 victory over Ghana.

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Brooks watches as the ball approaches the goal.

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German-American Brooks, 21, chose to play for the United States over Germany.

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Brooks was substituted into the game after Matt Besler was injured.

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Ghana goalie Adam Kwarasey reaches to try and stop John Brooks' goal.

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Brooks celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal.

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Brooks celebrates with teammate Aron Johannsson.

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Brooks is embraced by Graham Zusi, Fabian Johnson and Aron Johannsson.

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