Sure, the USMNT was able to defeat Ghana in their opener without much playing time from Jozy Altidore who pulled his hammy pretty early in the contest, but that’s not ideal. If the team wants to keep their positive momentum on Sunday against Portugal, they’ll have to do it again without their first string striker.
BREAKING NEWS: USMNT F Jozy Altidore will not play Sunday against Portugal due to strained left hamstring. pic.twitter.com/EDgVh6o4Fl
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 19, 2014
When Altidore went down in the last game, Jurgen Klinsmann went to Aron Johannsson to replace him. Johannsson seemed relatively quiet just based off my general recollections. We’ll have to see if that’s the same direction that Klinsmann decides to go on Sunday with more time to prepare any number of other options on his bench. He’s got Johannsson, Chris Wondolowski, and Clint Dempsey as listed forwards on his bench, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t do any number of things.
It might even be most exciting if this somehow lands 18-year-old Julian Green in the lineup.
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