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U.S vs Portugal for the World Cup
The United States soccer team plays Portugal tomorrow in the World Cup.
The two teams are getting ready for the game that every team in the World Cup wants to avoid and it's because of where they have to play.
The U.S. faces Portugal in Manaus, that's the only location in the Amazon rainforest, which means not just playing in the high heat which averages 88 degrees in June, but playing in the deep humidity which can make it feel hard to breathe for anyone, let alone a soccer player running for 90 minutes.
"It's probably similar to Houston, Dallas, Midwest, East Coast in the summer so hopefully when we get there it won't be as shocking as it has been to some other teams."
"I think the heat's um plays for both teams so you can just wash that out".
Either way, it'll be a physically grueling match for both teams, with fitness levels and conditioning certain to play a role in which side has the edge.
Now, for the U.S., they'll have to do without a player, Jozy Altidore, who's out with a hamstring injury. It's a huge loss as Altidore was expected to be the goal scorer.
He had just broken out of his scoring drought and hit his form and U.S. boss Jurgen Klinsmann had very high expectations for his striker.
"We still have the hope that Jozy will be back, how quickly that is down to his healing process."
So now without Altador the U.S. will depend on Aaron Johansenn or Chris Wondolowsky to put the U.S. on the score sheet.
No matter which striker Klinsmann chooses, defense will be key. Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to play for Portugal, despite dealing with a knee injury. Ronaldo is ronaldo and this guy, he can score from anywhere.
"You lose a ball and next thing you know its in the back of your net, that's how dangerous he is so we're going to have to be aware of him at all times."
"We're trying to go out against Portugal and win that game. And then we don't have to think about anything"