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U.S. forward Jozy Altidore out vs. Portugal on Sunday

US forward Jozy Altidore is stretchered off field after suffering an injury during Group G football match between GhanUS Dunas

US forward Jozy Altidore is stretchered off the field after suffering an injury during a Group G football match between Ghana and US at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images

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Updated: July 21, 2014 4:06PM



SAO PAULO — U.S. forward Jozy Altidore will miss the team’s Group G game Sunday against Portugal because of a strained left hamstring, the U.S. Soccer Federation confirmed Thursday.

‘‘He will not be available for Sunday’s game, but we are hopeful he will be available in the tournament,’’ U.S. Soccer spokesman
Michael Kammarman said.

Aron Johannsson replaced Alti-
dore after the 21st minute Monday against Ghana. Chris Wondolowski is the other striker on the squad who could join Clint Dempsey in the attack.

Wondolowski led Major League Soccer with 18 regular-season goals in 2010 and 27 in 2012.

‘‘He can score from anything, score when you think there’s nothing,’’ midfielder Kyle Beckerman said. ‘‘He works his tail off for the guy behind him. He does a lot of things that don’t show up on the stat sheet.’’

Johannsson, who was born in Mobile, Alabama, and grew up in Iceland, scored 26 goals last season for AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands.

‘‘Wondo is more the finisher in the box,’’ midfielder Jermaine Jones said. ‘‘Aron is more maybe the guy who’s good with the ball and tries to go one against one.’’

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann also could opt to shift from the 4-4-2 formation he used against Ghana and start five midfielders.

Kammarman didn’t reveal the severity of the strain and gave no indication about whether Altidore would be able to play in the group finale Thursday against Germany.

NOTE: The watch party for the game against Portugal has been moved to a different location in Grant Park. The event will be held at Lower Hutchinson Field, near Columbus Drive between Roosevelt Road and Balbo Avenue.



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