USA striker, Jozy Altidore, will miss his side's final group game after being declared unfit following his hamstring problem that he picked up against Ghana in their first match.
The news was broken by US Soccer on Twitter earlier on Tuesday stating: '#USMNT squad update from São Paulo: @JozyAltidore out for #GER, @mbesler fit and available for selection.'
After just 20 minutes of the opening game, Altidore fell to the ground clutching his hamstring after he went sprinting down the line trying to latch on to a through ball. Aron Johannsson came on in his place and consequently started the following game against Portugal.
This could be the end of the World Cup for the Sunderland striker depending on the result of America's final group game against Germany on Thursday. Currently, they are joint top of Group G with the Germans on four points but they are behind on goal difference. Defeat in their final game would open the door for the Ghana and Portugal as a win for either of them sides along with a swing in goal difference would send them through.
Last time that the United States played Germany was just over a year ago where they came out on top in a friendly winning 4-3. In that game Altidore scored a volley and played a part in their second goal. That win was overshadowed by a terrible error from Marc-Andre Ter Stegen which seemed to dent his International reputation.
Thankfully Clint Dempsey was also present in that game and he scored a double and so far has been his country's star man. Despite breaking his nose in the first game, Dempsey has scored two goals for the team including the fastest goal of the tournament so far. Playing in a more attacking role, the former-Fulham man could cause Germany problems. Although the US will have little possession, Dempsey has the ability to hold up the ball up field and create opportunities.
Before that 4-3 International friendly win, Jurgen Klinsmann managed the last German team to play the United States back in 2006 in a World Cup warm up match. That time around, Germany were 4-1 winners but this time he will be hoping to see off his fellow countrymen to help his side progress.
Ofcourse a draw for the sides would be enough to put both of them through, which would be ideal for Klinsmann, but the manager has reiterated this wont be the case as his side will play to win.
A similar case to this occurred at the 1982 World Cup between Germany and Austria where a one or two goal win for Germany was enough to see both teams through. It was reckoned that Germany made little effort after their only goal and as a result, FIFA made the call to play the final group games simultaneously from then on.
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