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USA midfielder compares Cristiano Ronaldo to LeBron James

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Jermaine Jones believes the United States can beat Cristano Ronaldo and Portugal in the same way the NBA's San Antonio Spurs overcame LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

Team USA face the European giants on Sunday night and - despite the presence of Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo - Jones remains upbeat about his side's chances of getting a win that could secure their progression to the second round of the World Cup.

"We'll try to play the game that we always play. We know that Cristiano is a special player but the team is more important.

"You can see it in the NBA - the Spurs against Miami - the better team won and were the champions," continued the 32-year-old.

"They might have two or three special players but if we play like a team then we can be stronger."

James has collected four Most Valuable Player awards and helped the Heat to two Championships, but they slipped to a 4-1 defeat against San Antonio in this month's Finals.

Besiktas midfielder Jones will now hope that the States can replicate this feat, and continue their fantastic start to the tournament, following a 2-1 success over Ghana.

"We have a lot of respect for Portugal and Cristiano, but we'll just try to play like we did against Ghana. We need to correct some of the mistakes, but we need to show the same fight", added the former Blackburn Rovers man.

Jurgen Klinsmann's men took the lead agains the Black Stars after less than 40 seconds, but were pegged back by Andre Ayew's 82nd-minute equaliser, before a late John Brooks header handed the three points to the US.

Jones was influential in the victory, battling alongside the impressive Kyle Beckerman to keep the Ghanaians at bay for long spells.

With the Africans now facing high-flying Germany in their second group game, a win for the the three-time champions would mean that Team USA could clinch qualification for the next phase by defeating the Portuguese.

Even a draw may be enough, with their goal difference significantly better than the 2006 semi-finalists', but they will have to achieve that without star striker Jozy Altidore.

The Sunderland front man pulled up with a hamstring injury in the opening match and had to be stretchered from the field. Though his chances of appearing again in this tournament appear slim, his absence has so far only been confirmed for Sunday's clash.

Portugal will be below full strength too, however, as Pepe serves a suspension after his foolish headbutt on Thomas Muller, while Fabio Coentrao is another injury casualty.

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