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Jozy Altidore Injured in USA's 2-1 Win Over Ghana

Jun 17 2014, 4:34am CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Jozy Altidore Injured in USA's 2-1 Win Over Ghana
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American striker Jozy Altidore suffered a left hamstring strain in the 21st minute of his team's match against Ghana, a 2-1 win, in the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16.

Jozy Altidore suffered an injury during the United States' game against Ghana in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

The South Florida Sun Sentinel's Iliana Limon Romero wrote abuot the development on June 16: 

"South Florida's Jozy Altidore suffered a strained right hamstring during the U.S. World Cup 2-1 win over Ghana Monday night, a blow for the Americans. 

"Altidore, the team's sole striker, played youth soccer in Boca Raton before becoming a key member of the U.S. men's national team. He is scheduled to have tests done Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury. 

"Altidore was dribbling the ball upfield and was not hit when he grabbed the back of one leg and went down at about the 24th minute. He was carried off the field on a stretcher. Aron Johnannsson replaced Altidore in the lineup. 

"The U.S. got off to a hot start, earning a 1-0 lead over Ghana 34 seconds into the match when Clint Dempsey scored. It was the sixth-fastest goal in World Cup history. 

"The Americans' pool was widely called the Group of Death because it featured strong German and Portugal teams along with a Ghana team that knocked the U.S. out of the World Cup. 

Two teams will advance from the pool. The Germans scored a 4-0 win over Portugal, putting them in strong position to advance. The U.S. team likely needs a win over Ghana to retain a chance to advance past pool play. 

"The injury problems continued in the 34th minute and Dempsey suffered a bloody nose. 

"The Americans held on for a 1-0 advantage at the end of the first half. 

"Ghana scored in the 81st minute to tie the game, but U.S. player Graham Zusi floated a corner kick pass and John Brooks headed it in to give the Americans a 2-1 lead in the 85th minute. 

"The U.S. held on during five minutes of injury time tacked on to the end of the contest."

Major League Soccer adds several more details about Altidore's predicament: 

"A U.S. Soccer spokesman told reporters shortly after Altidore left the match that he suffered a strained left hamstring. According to FIFA regulations, if Altidore is unable to continue in the tournament, he cannot be replaced in the roster, as the deadline ot make changes passed on Sunday for the United States."

Dempsey sympathized with Altidore, per The Associated Press

"My heart goes out to him because he's been working hard. He's been looking sharp. You know how much he wanted to do well...You could see the tears in his eyes going back to the locker room. We wish him a speedy recovery. He's a big player for us. It hurts to have him go out of the game today but other players have to step up now." 

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