Oduro, Appiah pull for Ghana against US

Ghanaians stick to their roots when it comes to predictions

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On Thursday morning, the Houston Dynamo locker room was divided publically for one of the first times ever.

The entire team turned on Dominic Oduro and Sammy Appiah regarding the upcoming World Cup match between the United States and Oduro and Appiah’s home country, Ghana.

WATCH: Oduro and Cruz offer a USA - Ghana preview

“It’s
a friendly rivalry, and it’s funny: This morning, it’s the whole team for
the U.S. and those two for Ghana,” said Dynamo midfielder and former U.S. youth
international Danny Cruz. “It’s definitely good banter.”

Despite being outnumbered, Oduro can hold his own in trash talking.

“Obviously,
the U.S. should be scared of Ghana,” said Oduro. “We have all of Africa
behind us, hopefully, and it should be a great game. We both have
struggled to qualify, so we’re both underdogs, but Ghana should have
the advantage with all of Africa behind us. It should be a good game,
and hopefully [Ghana] will get the magic out of this game.”

While Oduro and Cruz anticipate coming up with a wager for the match, Appiah doesn’t feel quite as confident as Oduro.

“[The
home-field advantage] shouldn’t affect the U.S. that much; they are
professionals and should be able to handle it, as it is nothing new to
them,” noted Appiah. “I’m holding onto my money. The U.S. is playing well
and scoring [in the run of play], so I am going to hold on to my money
right now.”

Cruz and his roommate Mike Chabala anticipate relaxing and watching the match quietly at home. Oduro, though, hopes to crash the party.

“I’m
trying to go to one of the guys' houses and talk some trash,” said
Oduro. “We have a bet with Danny, but he’s not ready for it. He looks
scared, so we’ll probably go to [Chabala’s] … and talk trash while the
game is on.”

It definitely helps Oduro’s trash talk that Ghana
defeated the U.S. in the 2006 World Cup. Appiah believes that result will
fuel the U.S. fire this year.

“It happened four years ago, and
the U.S. is going to come out for revenge,” said Appiah. “Hopefully Ghana
can score, as I think we’ve struggled doing that. So if we can find the
back of the net, we will be fine.”

The rooting interests for both
sides believe that if their countries can play like they did in their last group
games, their team will come out on top.

“We have to play like we
did against Germany,” noted Oduro. “We have to hold the ball well and
just finish our chances. We had some good chances against Germany and
couldn’t put the ball in the net. The next round is the knockout stage,
so we have to give it our all.”

“If the U.S. plays the same way
they played [against Algeria], they can make a [deep] run,” said Cruz.
“It’s going to be exciting.”

Dwain Capodice is a contributor to MLSsoccer.com. Questions or Comments can be sent via email to dwaincapodice@gmail.com.