Saturday, December 16, 2017
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U.S. stays mum on Jozy Altidore

SAO PAULO, Brazil — News on Jozy Altidore's strained left hamstring was the same Wednesday as it was Tuesday. That is to say there was no news on his status for Sunday's game against Portugal.

The forward left during the first half of Monday's 2-1 win over Ghana and was scheduled for an MRI exam Tuesday. But team officials have not disclosed the results. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann did not comment about Altidore, who missed significant time in 2011 with a simi­lar injury, on Wednesday.

And he might not say anything.

"I don't want to go too deep into details because, obviously, we want Portugal to guess a little bit," he said Tuesday. "But when one of your key players is not available, does it change certain things? Absolutely it does.

"We'll find solutions."

Against Ghana, the solution was Aron Johannsson, who rarely saw the ball. Another option is Chris Wondolowski.

More injuries: Defender Matt Besler also was scheduled for an MRI exam after leaving Monday's game at halftime with a hamstring injury. And those results also weren't disclosed. However, Klinsmann said he will play Sunday. In addition, forward Clint Dempsey will play despite a broken nose sustained Monday.

Day of rest: Klinsmann gave his players Wednesday off to spent time with friends and family. They return to practice today.

No help wanted: Klinsmann said he won't swap notes with Joachim Loew, his former assistant with the German national team and whose team beat Portugal 4-0 on Monday.

"I don't think I will … even if I know he would tell me whatever he thinks," he told espn.com. "We've done already our homework. We're well-prepared."

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