Jun 21, 2014, 7:47 AM EST
Portugal’s first match gave the U.S. plenty to be hopeful about. Pepe was sent off before halftime after headbutting Thomas Müller and Müller went on to score a hat-trick for a 4-0 Germany win. But one of the most encouraging signs for the USMNT was just how out of sorts star player Cristiano Ronaldo looked.
Ronaldo, the World Player of the Year, scored 31 goals in 31 La Liga games for Real Madrid last season. However, during the final weeks of the season, he was hampered by a knee injury, one he carried with him to Brazil. The injury left the player struggling and ineffective against a rampant Germany side.
There’s been plenty of news swirling about regarding the superstar’s condition, with Portugal even having to deny reports that Ronaldo’s doctor advised him to drop out of the World Cup. But although the team has yet to release anything official on Ronaldo’s status for Sunday’s match, they are still hopeful that he will start.
Teammate Miguel Veloso sounds optimistic, saying, “I’m not a doctor but, from what I see, Ronaldo is fine. He is training, he is jumping and he is shooting. There is not much else to say.”
Jürgen Klinsmann remains wary of Ronaldo’s threat. The USMNT coach said, “Now [Portugal] are going to come into Manaus pretty angry and I don’t know how Ronaldo is going to perform when he is angry. We need to show Portugal how good we are.”
It sounds as though Klinsmann is preparing his side to face a fully-fit Ronaldo, meaning that the U.S. is unlikely to show signs of complacency. That’s good news for fans of the USMNT, as with a win on Sunday, they’ll almost certainly be through to the knockout stages – either a win or draw for Germany against Ghana on Saturday will assure that status.
Nov 27, 2014, 3:17 PM EST
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Nov 27, 2014, 2:05 PM EST
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Nov 27, 2014, 1:15 PM EST
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Nov 27, 2014, 12:00 PM EST
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Nov 27, 2014, 10:55 AM EST
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Nov 27, 2014, 10:00 AM EST
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Nov 27, 2014, 9:13 AM EST
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Nov 27, 2014, 8:51 AM EST
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Nov 27, 2014, 7:28 AM EST
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Nov 26, 2014, 11:15 PM EST
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Nov 26, 2014, 10:30 PM EST
Wenger was in good spirits following his side’s victory that put an end to his two-match losing skid.
Nov 26, 2014, 9:50 PM EST
Yes, Barkley dove and yes, (news flash) Martinez is overly protective of his players.
Nov 26, 2014, 9:10 PM EST
Thigh injury sidelines Moses for 8 weeks.
Nov 26, 2014, 8:32 PM EST
“I feel that right now I am playing some of the best football of my career,” Fabregas said.
Nov 26, 2014, 7:38 PM EST
“It goes without saying, I’d love to come,” Heskey told BBC Radio Leicester.
Nov 26, 2014, 6:44 PM EST
Poor Franck. All fired up and not even on the 23-man shortlist.
Nov 26, 2014, 6:00 PM EST
Can Liverpool build off this draw in Sofia? Their manager Brendan Rodgers has cause for optimism.
Nov 26, 2014, 5:21 PM EST
All the action from the penultimate games in Groups A-D, as two teams booked their spot in the last 16.
Nov 26, 2014, 5:19 PM EST
The raid on Southampton continues, as their recruiting guru heads to Spurs.
Nov 26, 2014, 4:43 PM EST
It was an upbeat display from the Gunners, who move on to the Champions League knockout stage.
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