After collecting 3 crucial points from a win against Ghana, the US will look for another win against Portugal in the Amazon in Manaus to secure a spot to the second round of Brazil’s 2014 World Cup. Arguably the world’s greatest player, Christian Ronaldo is expected to play no matter what for Portugal, who will be in desperate need of a win. As for the US, Jurgen Klinsman has already ruled out strike Jozy Altidore with an injured hamstring, but captain Clint Dempsey will play with a broken nose. Vegas has Portugal as the clear favorite at -125 while the underdogs are at an attractive price at +300. The game will be played
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2014 Brazil World Cup: Portugal vs. USA
|Jurgen Klinsman, who won the opener with the US, is a World Cup Champion and 2-time European Champion as a player with Germany. As a coach, he lead Germany to a 3rd place finish in 2010. Team USA brought him in for his experience and his high IQ of the game. US has never had a coach with so many credentials.||COACHING||Paulo Bento, who took over the head coaching job in 2010, is entering his first World Cup with Portugal with 21 wins. As a player, Bento played in 31 games with Portugal as a central defender. In 2012, he lead Portugal to the semifinals in the European Championships where they lost to eventual champs Spain. He lost his opener, 4-0, to Germany in the 2014 World Cup.|
|Team USA will be playing without their striker Jozy Altidore after injuring his hamstring against Ghana in the opener. No one on the team could replace his size or strength. Big blow for USA. Clint Dempsey, with broken nose, will play with or without a mask.||INJURIES||One of the biggest news of the World Cup is how healthy is Cristiano Ronaldo's knee? According to some reports, the team Dr told him if he plays, he is in danger of ending his career. However, Ronaldo says he will play no matter what. No one on the planet could replace Ronaldo. His skill on the field is unbelievable, especially 1 on 1.|
|Michael Bradley was no where to be seen in the first match of the tournament. He is capable of creating opportunities for himself and others. Klinsman must involve him more for the US to be successful.||X-Factor||Nani has experience like no other player in the US. The Manchester United winger, who plays on the opposite side of Ronaldo, could have more opportunities as the US will be favoring the side of Ronaldo.|
|US has a hand-full of players who play in Europe, but most of them still play for MLS, which doesn't compare to European leagues. US failed to reach the the knock-out stages in 2006, but in 2010 they reached past the group stages, where they were knocked out by Ghana in extra time.||EXPERIENCE||Most of the Portuguese players plays in Europe, so they know how to play on the big stage. In 2006, they reached the semifinals, where they lost to France 1-0 and in 2010 they lost to the World Cup Champions Spain 1-0 in the round of 16.|
|Clint Dempsey, who played for Fulham from 2007-2012, is the all-time leading goal scorer with 50 for the EPL club based out of London and has 106 appearances with 38 goals with the Yanks.||Star Power||Widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo has played for Real Madrid for the last 7 years, scoring more goals(177) than appearances(165). Before Madrid, he played for Manchester United from 2003-2009, scoring 84 goals. In 2013, he was awarded as FIFA's Ballon d'Or Gala(FIFA's MVP).|
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