See Clint Dempsey Get Kicked in Face -- and Keep Playing

After scoring the goal, Team USA captain gets whacked in the nose.

ByRHEANA MURRAY
June 16, 2014, 7:00 PM

— -- Clint Dempsey soldiered on after a nasty kick to the face today during USA's first World Cup match against Ghana.

He was back on the pitch minutes after John Boye's leg whacked him in the nose when the pair went up for a header about 30 minutes into the game.

Dempsey, captain of the men's national team, had already wowed fans when he scored the fastest goal in U.S. World Cup history, 34 seconds into the match. It was also the sixth all-time fastest goal in World Cup history since 1930.

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But Dempsey's bloody nose isn't the only setback Team USA is facing. Jozy Altidore was taken off the field on a stretcher in the first half. He suffered a strained left hamstring, U.S. Soccer confirmed.

The score was 1-0 at halftime. The Americans won the game, 2-1.

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US forward Clint Dempsey bleeds from the nose after colliding with Ghana's defender John Boye during a Group G football match between Ghana and US at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, June 16, 2014.
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US forward Clint Dempsey receives medical assistance after colliding with Ghana's defender John Boye during a Group G football match between Ghana and US at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, June 16, 2014.
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