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June 19, 2014
Altidore won't play vs. Portugal

By Michael Lewis
Big Apple Soccer Editor

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Jozy Altidore is out of Sunday's game with Portugal.

The U.S. striker won't play in the World Cup Group G match due to the strained left hamstring he suffered against Ghana, according to a U.S. Soccer spokesman.

Altidore suffered the injury while running down a ball on the left flank in the 18th minute in the Americans' 2-1 win in Natal on June 16.

"We are hopeful he will be available (later) in the tournament," the spokesman said. USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann was not available for comment.

Altidore was at the USA's training base at Sao Paulo FC for conditioning and treatment. It was not known whether he will travel with the team to Manaus for Sunday's encounter.

Center back Matt Besler (right hamstring) and striker Clint Dempsey (broken nose) have been cleared to play, although it was not immediately known whether Dempsey will wear a mask.

The U.S. could clinch a spot in the Round of 16 with a win over Portugal, which has injury problems of its own.

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