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USA vs Portugal, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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 WatchESPN.com
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

SEE MORE — Everything you need to know about the World Cup.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

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53 Comments

53 Comments

  1. goatslookshifty

    June 22, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    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.

  2. Jeff

    June 22, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    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

  3. hoosiergunner

    June 22, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Heartbreaking.

  4. Proud Eurosnob

    June 22, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    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.

  5. El Payaso

    June 22, 2014 at 8:04 pm

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

    • jtm371

      June 22, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      crawl back under your rock.

    • jtm371

      June 22, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      You can be happy with the draw but name calling is not called for but to be expected. Cheers 🙂

      • Smokey Bacon

        June 22, 2014 at 8:15 pm

        Don’t even bother with this bell-end, jtm. He’s not worth the bandwidth.

        • jtm371

          June 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm

          Thanks.

  6. Ivan

    June 22, 2014 at 8:03 pm

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

    • Bruce Gottesman

      June 22, 2014 at 8:06 pm

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

      • Smokey Bacon

        June 22, 2014 at 8:13 pm

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

  7. Smokey Bacon

    June 22, 2014 at 8:01 pm

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

  8. San Fransiscan

    June 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    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.

  9. Bo

    June 22, 2014 at 7:59 pm

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

  10. Smokey Bacon

    June 22, 2014 at 7:55 pm

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

  11. jtm371

    June 22, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    That will leave a mark. OUCH

  12. Bruce Gottesman

    June 22, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Bradley gives up

  13. jtm371

    June 22, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    WONDO nice job!

  14. Bo

    June 22, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    USA USA USA!!! We got this!

  15. M owen

    June 22, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Amazing performance by USA.

  16. Smokey Bacon

    June 22, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Incredible stuff! So deserved too.

  17. Smokey Bacon

    June 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    What a GOAL! Well deserved too.

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

  18. jtm371

    June 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    What a freaking strike from the BEAST

  19. Abdirahman

    June 22, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Probably the save of the tournament.

  20. Smokey Bacon

    June 22, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    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. jtm371

    June 22, 2014 at 7:14 pm

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

    • Guy

      June 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      Whole net open…….

  22. Ivan

    June 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm

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

  23. Guy

    June 22, 2014 at 7:07 pm

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

  24. Brian

    June 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    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.

  25. jtm371

    June 22, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    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! 🙂

    • Smokey Bacon

      June 22, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Looks like you and Landon are in agreement with Wondo.

      • jtm371

        June 22, 2014 at 7:03 pm

        Just a hunch and note i posted before Lanny put in his two cents.

  26. jtm371

    June 22, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Tim with cat like reflexes wow good recovery.

    • Smokey Bacon

      June 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm

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

      • Smokey Bacon

        June 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm

        Nani

      • Guy

        June 22, 2014 at 7:01 pm

        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.

  27. Smokey Bacon

    June 22, 2014 at 6:40 pm

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

  28. Smokey Bacon

    June 22, 2014 at 6:32 pm

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

  29. Smokey Bacon

    June 22, 2014 at 6:27 pm

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

  30. Smokey Bacon

    June 22, 2014 at 6:08 pm

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

    • Guy

      June 22, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      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! 🙂

  31. Abdirahman

    June 22, 2014 at 6:07 pm

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

  32. Smokey Bacon

    June 22, 2014 at 6:05 pm

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

  33. R.O

    June 22, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    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.

  34. jtm371

    June 22, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Very glad no rocket pop kit enjoy the whites.

  35. Grayson

    June 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    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.

  36. San Fransiscan

    June 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm

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

  37. Abdirahman

    June 22, 2014 at 5:11 pm

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

  38. goatslookshifty

    June 22, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    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!

  39. pd

    June 22, 2014 at 5:06 pm

  40. San Fransiscan

    June 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm

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

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