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Furman connections help US to World Cup victory

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Former Upstate soccer star Clint Dempsey made his mark in the opening round of the 2014 World Cup on Monday.

Dempsey, who is captain of the US Men's National Team and former Furman Paladin, scored just 34 seconds into the match against Ghana. The goal was the fastest ever scored by an American in the World Cup and sixth fastest in the history of the tournament.

The goal also made him the first American to ever score at three World Cup finals.

In the 86th minute of play, with the score tied at 1-1, Graham Zusi's corner kick was headed in by John Anthony Brooks to give the U.S. the 2-1 win.

Zusi also has a connection with Furman University, the school said in a release. His sister, Meaghan Zusi, was a former women's soccer standout for the school.

Dempsey was named Man of the Match.

The U.S. will face Portugal for their next game of Group G play on June 22 at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

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