Fans can watch the Team USA vs. Portugal soccer match live online and see if the United States can take advantage of a spate of injuries and other setbacks to deal the Portuguese squad an upset in the 2014 World Cup.
The United States opened the World Cup with a win over Ghana, while Portugal notched a 4-0 loss to Germany that may have hurt in more ways than one. The team lost defender Pepe, who was handed a ban for head butting Thomas Muller in the opener.
Portugal is also without Favio Coentrao, who suffered a thigh injury.
But fans who watch Team USA vs. Portugal live online could see the return of the game’s biggest star, Cristiano Ronaldo. Despite a knee injury that doctors warned could be career-threatening, Ronaldo has not ruled out playing in what could be a make-or-break game for Portugal.
Though Ronaldo reportedly told doctors that he would make the decision whether or not to play, there were rumors floating mid-week that he could pull himself out.
The New York Daily News reported:
There were unconfirmed reports in the morning originating out of Spain that Ronaldo had been warned by Portuguese doctors not to play at all at this World Cup and that he would risk his career by facing the Americans in a second match. Social media sites were flooded with rumors that Ronaldo had decided to drop out of the tournament.
Whatever reports emerge, it’s likely that Ronaldo will be a game-time decision for the pivotal contest.
The United States meanwhile is hoping to make a surprise run in the tournament. Though picked in the middle of the pack by most experts, a win could vault Team USA through to the next round.
The team has had only moderate success in recent World Cup tournaments, reaching the Round of 16 in 2010 but failing to advance in 2006. The team’s best finish was in 2002, when they reached the quarterfinals.
Fans who want to watch Team USA vs. Portugal soccer live online can click here for streaming video of the 2014 World Cup.