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Midfielder Landon Donovan has been the best player for the U.S. at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. ((HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images))

Day 17, Match 2

United States vs. Ghana, Round of 16

Date and location

June 26, Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg 

Broadcast details

Live on CBC and CBCSports.ca (2 p.m. ET). Consult CBC's full broadcast schedule.

What's at stake

A spot in the quarter-finals in a match against the winner of Uruguay-South Korea.

Rogers Pre-game Show

Watch the Rogers Pre-game Show 30 minutes before kick-off as our panel of soccer experts provide up-to-the-minute news from South Africa on this match.

Player to watch for United States

Landon Donovan — The American has been one of the best players at this tournament, scoring critical goals (such as the injury-time winner against Algeria) and leading by example on the field with his stellar play.

Player to watch for Ghana

Asamoah Gyan — The talented striker has led the offensive charge for the Black Stars in South Africa, scoring both of his country's goals. He'll have to be at the top of his game to find a way through a well-organized American defence.

Key matchup

Carlos Bocanegra vs. Asamoah Gyan — Gyan is the only player who has found the back of the net for Ghana at this tournament and is his country's most dangerous attacking player. If central defender Carlos Bocanegra can neutralize him, the Ghanaians will be in big trouble.

The American perspective

"This experience that we have right now and the excitement that we're feeling, we want to have that same feeling at the end of the game [against Ghana]. There's a lot of work to be done now and we have to get focused, mentally and physically, for the next opponent." — Maurice Edu, midfielder

The Ghanaian perspective

"We are on the right path and we are representing our continent, which makes us very happy." — Asamoah Gyan, striker

World Cup head-to-head

Ghana defeated the U.S. 2-1 in the group stage of the 2006 World Cup in Germany.