Image: 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

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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.

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Image: 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

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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