Skip to comments.Jozy Altidore Ruled out for USA’s World Cup Match vs. Portugal
Posted on 06/20/2014 1:01:30 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
SAO PAULO Striker Jozy Altidore will miss the U.S. national teams World Cup match against Portugal on Sunday with a strained left hamstring, a U.S. Soccer Federation spokesperson confirmed.
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Should their Group D rivals fail to beat Costa Rica, Roy Hodgson's side will be eliminated in the first round for the first time since 1958.
What next for England after loss to Uruguay?
England manager Roy Hodgson was not even in the mood to clutch at the straws being offered at the Arena de Sao Paulo. He carried the air of a man who knew the game was up.
England fans accept inevitable World Cup disappointment
England are not the first team to face imminent exit from the 2014 World Cup but unlike Spain, England's poor showing has been much less of a surprise.
I spoke to several England fans as they trudged out of Sao Paulo's brand-new stadium but rather than anger the overwhelming feeling was resignation at the inevitable disappointment.
Although England is mathematically still in the tournament, few fans thought their team deserved to stay in. And having spent several thousand pounds to get here, those same fans will soon be heading home wondering if it was all worth it.
... But if he calls it a day, is there anyone better?
Fabio Capello, hailing from Italy where these qualities are cherished, always trusted Gareth Barry, but there is no going back to Barry or Michael Carrick and there is no young heir apparent. Jack Wilshere has lots to prove.
The empty cupboard might prompt Hodgson to plead with Gerrard to stay on as the Euro 2016 campaign gets rolling.
It has been a soft-spot in the team for some time. Gerrard has helped to mask it.
At times he looks comfortable in there but often he does not, especially against fluent teams like Italy and Uruguay.
It has been laid bare. It is another six. Pause.
Perhaps even a five.
Rooney's First Career World Cup Goal Not Enough
One moment, Wayne Rooney madly celebrated the triumph of ending years of criticism for his World Cup struggles. Then, the England striker left the field with his head down in disappointment.
... A stone-faced Rooney didn't stop to speak to reporters afterward in the mixed zone area, offering a polite, "No, sorry."
A stone-faced Rooney didn't stop to speak to reporters afterward in the mixed zone area, offering a polite, "No, sorry."
Uruguay 2:1 England Match Highlights
Uruguay 2-1 England (photos)
Against Uruguay, his singular moment of invention came about amid a more productive output of two successful tackles out of five, an early interception, two blocks and three clearances as Englands inability to control the game descended into a need for fire fighters deep within their own half.
<a href="http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/videos/highlights/match=300186468/index.html">Colombia 2:1 Côte d'Ivoire Match Highlights
Scoreless Draw Keeps Japan and Greece Alive
Greece promised goals that didn't come. Japan pressed for a victory that eluded them yet again.
The ultimate result of what has turned out to be a rarity at this World Cup a 0-0 draw is that Colombia is guaranteed to move on to the knockout rounds and Greece and Japan are still clinging to life in Group C.
Japan 0:0 Greece Match Highlights
Meanwhile, France take on Switzerland with both sides knowing a win will put them in control of Group E.
Italy v Costa Rica
Switzerland v France
Honduras v Ecuador
A hero of Italys 2006 World Cup win, he has also racked up five Serie A titles, five Italian Super Cups and the UEFA Cup as well as 140 caps.
But the 36-year-old once suffered from such severe depression he was afraid to walk on to the pitch.
Jorge Luis Pinto says Costa Rica can beat Italy
I have studied Pirlo since 2006, when he was the best player at the World Cup, Pinto said. We will have to block him because he is the Italy player that thinks the most.
Much has changed, yet today the French hesitate to re-embrace the team. A poll conducted for the magazine France Football found that only 20 percent of French people surveyed in late April had a positive view of Les Bleus.
Honduras are led by Luis Fernando Suárez, the man who guided Ecuador to the last 16 in 2006, their best showing at a World Cup.
Ecuador are coached by Reinaldo Rueda, moreover, who was in charge of Honduras in their 2010 World Cup campaign, when they failed to make it past the first round and did not score a goal.
To add to the feeling of familiarity, both coaches are Colombians.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. - Sun Tzu
Ohhh, that’s cruel....(even though chances are slim, I’m still not officially writing England off yet for making it to the next round).
Can England beat Costa Rica?
Today we’ll find out if CRC is for real or not.
I enjoy the cup matches, but if you haven’t seen this you should. Designed to make the finest soccer afficianado laugh hard: http://vivas.us/world-cup-2014-in-10-seconds-this-is-hilarious/
Saw that last night. It gets funnier each time I watch it.
From England’s standpoint, if you’re going to lose two and still be clinging to a prayer, at least the bare minimum -2 goal differential is in your corner. Still a very plausible route out of this group: TA beats CRC and URU, England beats CRC, and the tiebreakers should go their way.
England really hasn’t played poorly, they just haven’t finished well enough often enough. They might just limp their way out of this one.
Lasagna has arrived :)
How was that not a penalty!?!?!?!?
Costa Rica looks good, I think England is doomed.
Costa Rica Scores!
Bye Bye Three Lions.
Italy needs to score twice in the last 30 minutes or else England is done.
We have a shot at making it through the divisionals, with England and Spain eliminated. Who woulda thunk?
Now I’ve reached the conclusion that a Euro team is NOT going to win it.
It’s almost enough for me to cheer for Mexico over Croatia on Tuesday.
Germany and Holland might want a word with you. I think you're right, but the Europeans aren't done... yet.
Heard it said three former WC Winners in the group an Costa Rica are first to advance.
Balotelli is such a frustrating player....once he missed those opportunities, he went into a shell.
Pretenders to the Throne.
He sure does sweat a lot.
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