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USA vs Portugal, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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The final match of the day is the biggest World Cup battle for both the United States and Portugal thus far this tournament.

Where to watch -

The game kicks off at 6 PM EST/3 PM PST, and this is where people in USA can watch this game -

English language: ESPN and
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network and Univision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee -

Nestor PITANA (Argentina)

Starting lineups - 

USA starting XI: Howard; Johnson, Cameron, Besler, Beasley; Beckerman, Jones; Bedoya, Bradley, Zusi; Dempsey

Portugal starting XI: Beto; Pereira, Costa, Bruno Alves, Almeida, Veloso, João Moutinho, Meireles, Nani, Hélder Postiga, Cristiano Ronaldo

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53 Responses to USA vs Portugal, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

  1. San Fransiscan says:

    Again with Jack Bauer. ESPN, this guy is British-Canadian, which means NOT American.

  2. goatslookshifty says:

    C’mon Portugal!! ‘He plays on the left, He plays on the right That boy Ronaldo Makes U.S. look sh*te’
    Bring on the thumbs down!

  3. Abdirahman says:

    Cr7 has to shine tonight&hall portugal team simply it’s do or die they have to win, predicting portugal 3 usa 1

  4. San Fransiscan says:

    If I hear Lalas mention the Soccer Gods once more……

  5. Grayson says:

    Would’ve rather had Chandler start for Beasley. Want someone who can defend, not just someone with good speed. Hope it works out for Beasley though, hard to not like him.

  6. jtm371 says:

    Very glad no rocket pop kit enjoy the whites.

  7. R.O says:

    So tired of the “no Jozy” in the line-up discussion. We know that Jozy isn’t playing. Move on.

    Also ESPN having Donovan and Arena talk about what the US will do, can’t do, needs to do, etc.

    Ok I get Donovan but Arena? He hasn’t been the US coach in 7 years. Why not have Bradley or Sampson or even Bora, sheeze.

  8. Smokey Bacon says:

    Terrible start. Ronaldo looks fit too. Could be a long night.

  9. Abdirahman says:

    What a start by portugal,if they continue play like this they w’ll score more

  10. Smokey Bacon says:

    This one is for ICK. That goal was made in Stoke.

    • Guy says:

      He’s in bed! So, I’ll take it. ;-) Bad hit by Super Geoff, but what on earth was Timmy doing on the ground that early?

      We can recover! :-)

  11. Smokey Bacon says:

    Portugal are giving USA plenty of time in the ball. Good stuff from the USA.

  12. Smokey Bacon says:

    Fabian Johnson very impressive. Playing like a right winger. Good shot on him too.

  13. Smokey Bacon says:

    Hope the break does not disrupt the USA momentum. Other than the goal, they’ve been excellent. Could not ask for more.

  14. jtm371 says:

    Tim with cat like reflexes wow good recovery.

    • Smokey Bacon says:

      Yeah but why did. He sit down on the goal. If stayed on his feet he would have stopped manis shot.

      • Smokey Bacon says:


      • Guy says:

        Yeah, I know no one wants to point at Timmy, but he certainly knows if you stand up to Nani he will fold like a cheap tent.

        Bad clearance by Cameron, but c’mon. “Blame” to be shared there. Great play by Tim later.

        We look good…can make it up.

  15. jtm371 says:

    I am sorry but all the talk of Bradley playing better I am not buying it. No way Bradley is playing to his potential. Portugal stole the momentum going to the locker room. Win With Wondo! :)

  16. Brian says:

    It’s only a matter of time before the US scores. This Portugal side is very average and how they’re ranked 4th by FIFA is a mystery. All to play for in the second half.

  17. Guy says:

    Can Darke and everyone else just relax a little bit whenever Ronaldo touches the ball? No need to go all Gus Johnson on us.

  18. Ivan says:

    So, tiebreaker is goal difference as opposed to head-to- head?

  19. jtm371 says:

    Do i need to say anymore. PLEASE elevate the shot.

  20. Smokey Bacon says:

    What an effort from Fabian Johnson on the overlap. Fantastic stuff. In that humidity too. Terrific effort.

    Who does the us sub out. Badoya for me. Not doing anything. Get Wondo on. Would also like to see Julian Green at some point as Portugal tire.

  21. Abdirahman says:

    Probably the save of the tournament.

  22. jtm371 says:

    What a freaking strike from the BEAST

  23. Smokey Bacon says:

    What a GOAL! Well deserved too.

    I believe we can win this game. C’mon USA! You got this!

  24. Smokey Bacon says:

    Incredible stuff! So deserved too.

  25. M owen says:

    Amazing performance by USA.

  26. Bo says:

    USA USA USA!!! We got this!

  27. jtm371 says:

    WONDO nice job!

  28. Bruce Gottesman says:

    Bradley gives up

  29. jtm371 says:

    That will leave a mark. OUCH

  30. Smokey Bacon says:

    Heads up boys. A great great performance and a point earned. Only Ronaldo could put a cross on that guys head with seconds left.

  31. Bo says:

    Germany v USA will be a draw and both go through.

  32. San Fransiscan says:

    What an ending!

    I feel it’s 1982 all over again, Germany will agree something with Jurgen, so they can end the match in a draw and both teams would qualify.

  33. Smokey Bacon says:

    Got a feeling Ghana and Portugal will cancel each other out meaning it won’t matter what happens against Germany.

  34. Ivan says:

    Michael Bradley, sweet Jesus, man, how could you?!?!

    • Bruce Gottesman says:

      Saw someone tweet Who would have thought that Michael Bradley would be our weak link?

      • Smokey Bacon says:

        Stay positive guys. Bradley ran his guts out as did all the lads. A point is still probably going to be enough.

  35. El Payaso says:

    Hahaha! Yes!! Suck on that, you stupid yanks.

  36. Proud Eurosnob says:

    I suppose if Portugal couldn’t win against the US, they don’t deserve to go through to the knockout rounds. I’m not convinced Portugal would make up the goal differential in tandem with Germany/US likely playing toward a draw.

    Now excuse me while I take some Benadryl.

  37. hoosiergunner says:


  38. Jeff says:

    Team USA can be proud of that performance. Yes they will be disappointed that they were 30secs away from winning & progressing from the Group Stage with a game in hand. However after the early goal, they were marvelous in fighting back in the 2nd half

  39. goatslookshifty says:

    Ronaldo looked a frustrated figure after the equaliser. He looked sick and tired of carrying Portugal on his shoulders. He’s not having a good tournament and knows he could do better with better players around him.

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