Let’s Go Team USA! U.S. to Play Portugal this Sunday in the World Cup

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U.S. forward Jozy Altidore will miss Sunday’s World Cup game against Portugal because of his strained left hamstring.

Altidore was hurt in the 21st minute of Monday’s 2-1 win over Ghana.

“It’s bad news, but I think the team will handle this,” midfielder Jermaine Jones said Thursday. “We have to handle that.”

U.S. team spokesman Michael Kammarman did not reveal the severity of the strain but said Thursday the Americans were hopeful Altidore can return at some point during the tournament. The U.S. completes the first round against three-time champion Germany on June 26.

“We’re extremely bummed for him and the team, but we bring 23 players and so this is just a chance for somebody to step up,” midfielder Kyle Beckerman said.

Sunday’s contest will take place at 3:00 PM at Arena Amazônia, Manaus and will be televised on ESPN. Go USA!

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