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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright puts on his game face in the locker room at Busch Stadium as they prepare to play the Philadelphia Phillies in St. Louis on June 22, 2014, as he shows support for the U.S. soccer team who will play Portugal in World Cup Soccer action later in the day.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright puts on his game face in the locker room at Busch Stadium as they prepare to play the Philadelphia Phillies in St. Louis on June 22, 2014, as he shows support for the U.S. soccer team who will play Portugal in World Cup Soccer action later in the day. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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UNDATED (AP)- Team USA resumes World Cup play today (Sunday) with a match against Portugal. The Americans edged Ghana in their opener 2-1 while the Portuguese were blanked by Germany 4-0.

The U.S. is facing one of the world’s top players, Ronaldo. The 29-year-old forward has topped 50 goals in four straight seasons with Real Madrid. Ronaldo has been bothered by tendinitis in his left knee for more than two months, and wore a brace Friday during Portugal’s training session.

U.S. forward Jozy Altidore will miss the game after suffering an injury against Ghana. Altidore was hurt in the 21st minute of Monday’s victory and the U.S. Soccer Federation said Thursday he will not play against the Portuguese.

The next match for the U.S. is next Thursday against Germany.

In other matches today (Sunday) Belgium is facing Russia and South Korea is up against Algeria.

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