U.S. MNT Faces Portugal in Second Group G Match
POSTED: Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 10:06pm
UPDATED: Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 10:52pm
El Paso, TX — After a dramatic 2-1 victory against Ghana to open the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. Men's National Team will continue Group G play against Portugal on Sunday, June 22, at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. The game, which kicks off at 6 p.m. ET, will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN, Univision and ESPN Radio. Fans can also follow live on Twitter @ussoccer . The U.S. sits in second place in the group with three points and a plus-1 goal differential behind Germany's three points and plus-4 goal differential. Portugal dropped a 4-0 decision to Germany in its opener and is in fourth place in Group G.
The victory against Ghana was the first USA win in its opening World Cup match since beating Portugal 3-2 on June 5, 2002, in Suwon, Korea Republic, to open the 2002 FIFA World Cup. John Brooks' header found the back of the net in the 86th minute and gave the U.S. the win after surrendering an 82nd-minute equalizer to Ghana's Andrew Ayew. Clint Dempsey put the U.S. up early, scoring just 30 seconds in for the fifth-fastest goal in FIFA World Cup history.
Jozy Altidore, who left the Ghana match with a hamstring injury, has been ruled out for the Portugal match. Dempsey (nose) and defender Matt Besler (hamstring), was substituted out during the Ghana game for precautionary reasons, will be available options for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
U.S. Men's National Team By Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)