The United States find themselves in the Group of Death at the World Cup and in one of those games they have to come up against arguably the best player on the planet when they take on Cristiano Ronaldo.
Well Jurgen Klinsmann isn't too worried about facing the Real Madrid superstar at the moment, but does know that his side is ready to make life miserable for Portugal's talisman.
“Our job is to stop him,” Klinsmann said. “Once the game comes across in beautiful Manaus, then we can figure out ways to make it really miserable for him."
The US will meet Portugal in Manaus on June 22 but Klinsmann is more focused on his sides first game of the tournament, against Ghana; "But this is the second step before the first step, and the first step is Ghana. Once we have those three points, which is our goal, then we can talk more about Cristiano Ronaldo," the German native said.
The Black Stars come into the group in form following a big win over South Korea - fellow World Cup qualifiers - in which striker Jordan Ayew scored a hat trick that had US scouts quickly re-writing notes. The African nation are a good team that possess plenty of attacking threat but can be exploited going the other way.
The States may not have to have a special plan for Ronaldo however. The forward has been struggling with injury issues in the build up to the tournament limiting him to just one single appearance in the build up friendlies. And to make things worse, he was spotted today limping away from a Portugal training session after just 20 minutes in clear pain and with an ice pack taped to his flagging right knee, which is feeling the effects of patellar tendinitis.
Injury problems have affected a plethora of stars ahead of this summer's showpiece, with the likes of Franck Ribery, Marco Reus and Radamel Falcao already out of the tournament completely.
The USMNT were scheduled to face Belgium in a closed-door match today before the match was abruptly cancelled on Wednesday afternoon due to traffic concerns from the Belgians. Defender Timmy Chandler is the Yanks only injury worry ahead of their first game, but apparently only missed training as a precaution.
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