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Final: U.S. 2, Portugal 2, World Cup, group stage

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to kickoff …

Match: United States (1-0) vs. Portugal (0-1), FIFA World Cup, group stage opener

Time: 6:02 p.m.

Site: Arena Amazonia, Manaus, Brazil

TV, radio: ESPN (national), SiriusXM

Here’s the official live summary.

Here’s the official World Cup 2014 page and the official U.S. Soccer page.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. They’re supposed to start in half an hour and I second that!

  2. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    The blog’s Brazilian contingent has spoken!

  3. Rob Scott says:

    3-2 USA!

  4. JohninOshkosh says:

    Hyperbole and melodramatic alert!

    The one and only Ian Darke at the mic.

  5. Clint says:

    Nothing stirs the soul in sports quite like patriotic pride.

  6. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    I like the matchup. I know that’s naive and all else. I don’t care. If you stay passive vs. U.S., you’ll get bitten at some point. Ghana never did that. Portugal will.

    And that’s to say nothing of Ronaldo being at half-strength and two key defenders out.

    This is the opportunity, right here.

  7. Rob Scott says:

    Off topic, did u see all those homes under water where this game is being played? Sad.

  8. Clint says:

    Pacing yourself in the heat is going to be huge.. cannot run out of gas in 2nd half against a desperate Portugal team

  9. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    OK, so Ronaldo doesn’t look too badly damaged, huh?

  10. Bizrow says:

    Well, this is our chance, its there for the taking

  11. Clint says:

    Wow.. the US defense a disgrace on that one

  12. Ray says:

    Looked likethe Penguins in the playoffs…

  13. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    Ugh. Awful. Simple clearance for Cameron. How do you butcher that?

  14. Bizrow says:


  15. Eric Bowser says:

    For second there, I thought the Riverhounds were playing defense….

  16. David Reid says:

    Next 15 minutes are critical for the US. Can’t let another one in. Need to steady the ship here.

  17. Clint says:

    If the USA does not keep possession… it is screwed against a more talented Portugal team.. must withstand the early onslaught

  18. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    Honestly, you could watch that replay 1,000 times and not figure out what in the world Cameron even hoped to achieve with that clearance effort. Belaboring it, I know, but man …

  19. David Reid says:

    Portugal Strikers = Spinal Tap Drummers :)

  20. Eric Bowser says:

    A little better action by USA in the last three minutes or so but having to chase a goal may not be good in second half as the heat & humidity become a factor like last game.

  21. Clint says:

    Portugal having to burn a sub early for the injury could matter if game is close in 2nd half

  22. David Reid says:

    US have recovered okay here, but they can’t stand off and let Portugal have possession like they allowed Ghana to have possession in the 2nd half the other night.

  23. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    When do you suppose Michael Bradley will be put into the match?

  24. David Reid says:

    Overlooked on the goal because of Cameron’s error: Tim Howard went down way too early. Nani couldn’t miss.

  25. David Reid says:

    Right now, only Dempsey is showing any threat to the Portuguese goal.

  26. Clint says:

    He has answered the call the last few minutes

  27. Clint says:

    3 on zero in that situation.. Howard had no prayer

  28. David Reid says:

    He could have stood up to him at the very least.

  29. Rob Scott says:

    The US will make a run at the 70:00 mark when Brooks and Green sub in.

  30. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    On bright side, one thing Portugal has gotten was completely handed to them. Nothing else. Anyone in that stadium could have scored that goal.

  31. Clint says:

    Much better look from USA this past 10 minutes… showing some real possession

  32. CHH says:

    Good thing you aren’t there. I’ve seen video of you on penalty kicks! :)

  33. Bizrow says:

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  34. Bizrow says:

    Its a Sunday game thread, so I hope posting this is ok ;-)

  35. Ray says:

    What a save by TH

  36. David Reid says:

    Portugal’s tactics are now to hit the US on the break at speed. They are getting back into this after conceding a lot of possession to the US, US need to defend in numbers and get men behind the ball when the Portuguese get it.

  37. Clint says:

    Could be worse.. could be better… there are goals to be had with the suspect Portugal D

  38. Bizrow says:


  39. Darrell27 says:


  40. theplanisworking says:

    Late to the party ……..

    USA needs to make up for gifting Portugal their goal.
    Tie is the least they have to get today.
    Have the 2nd half to get in gear.

    BTW, DK, notice a new format today.
    Don’t like it.
    No incentive to read the original blog posts, as now they are buried at the bottom. But, I am an army of one, so carry on, I guess.

  41. John says:

    Must disagree. Like new format.

  42. Wild Bill says:

    Not fun to use with an I Pad if not replying to a post.

  43. Bizrow says:

    Welcome, Darrell27, thanks for logging in

  44. David Reid says:

    England – Birmingham

  45. Gumshoe Jr. says:

    Yeah, ummm, not everyone could’ve put that ball in the net for Portugal. When it comes to soccer, I couldn’t hit the ocean from the beach

  46. Bizrow says:

    You are the first sign in from Alabama, that makes 47 states and 477 locations ;-)

  47. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    No real change needed for U.S. except for more numbers on the attack. Too often isolated with two or three up there. Portugal hurting on back line. Exploit it.

  48. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    Seriously, press these guys. Now.

  49. The US so far has been 0-14-1 after trailing at the first half. Portugal is 8-0 after leading at the first half. Let’s hope that changes.

  50. David Reid says:

    US defense does not like crosses coming into the box. Panic sets in, it’s a good job they haven’t got anyone capable of getting on the end of those crosses, Eder looks very average for them.

  51. Ray says:

    Hidden vigorish (sp?)

  52. Bizrow says:

    Welcome Daavid

  53. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    Oh, no. No way. That didn’t just happen.

  54. Clint says:

    The USA can push ahead here.. seem better fit than Portugal

  55. John says:

    All you have to do is get the ball off the turf.

  56. Clint says:

    Was right there for the taking

  57. hockeymonster says:

    Knee of god?

  58. Milo Hamilton says:

    This makes sense. Put the last comment at the top of the page, but leave the comment box at the bottom. Completely confusing.

  59. Denise Givens says:

    Scituate MA

  60. CHH says:

    I agree!

  61. David Reid says:

    Wonderful strike, they thoroughly deserved that!

  62. Ray says:

    Yoy & double yoy!

  63. Eric Bowser says:


  64. Ray says:


  65. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    FANTASTIC! Richly deserved!

  66. Gumshoe Jr. says:


  67. Ray says:


  68. Clint says:

    That was just a pure goal… wow


  70. Milo Hamilton says:

    At first I thought the keeper didn’t see it. Oh, he saw it alright. Just was powerless to stop it.

  71. David Reid says:

    I see you Lionel Messi yesterday and I raise you Jermaine Jones :) Right, they need to calm down now, keep the ball and keep the pressure on, do not give Portugal any encouragement at all.

  72. John says:

    One of the most beautiful goals you will see from an American.

  73. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    I’ll take a look, Milo. There is a line up there that, if you click, it takes you right to the box.

  74. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    Portugal coming out of shell now. More vulnerable than ever. Opportunity worth it. Go for it. Keep heat on.

  75. Clint says:

    USA has the 3 subs still.. fresh legs and go for it

  76. Milo Hamilton says:

    FIFA should allow at least one US player should carry a mirror. Ronaldo would constantly stop to make sure his hair was alright.

  77. hockeymonster says:

    Like the fact our guys don’t flop around.

  78. hockeymonster says:

    That’s not a flop.

  79. David Reid says:

    Portugal have a lot of the ball in areas where they shouldn’t. William Carvalho bossing things. Dempsey has gone very, very quiet for the US, they need to get the ball up the field to them and make it stick. Same scenario they faced in the second half against the Ghanaians.


  81. Ray says:


  82. Milo Hamilton says:

    Landon Donovan is so pissed right now.

  83. David Reid says:

    What!!! A Clint Dempsey sighting in the second half!

  84. Dejan Kovacevic says:

    Great moment. Just great.

  85. Clint says:

    Wow.. just wow… the emotion of it all.. Viva America!

  86. Darrell27 says:

    Miracle on Sand

  87. Eric Bowser says:

    Great theater….

  88. Ray says:

    Good belly!

  89. David Reid says:

    And the Portuguese have no substitutes and can’t change this up in that regard. Keep. The Ball.

  90. Bridger says:

    Enough with the “injuries”

  91. Jandy says:

    Finally heard from Revvie. I got back from Ocean City around 4ish and was doing laundry and putting stuff away. Got the urge to check my e-mail. Revvie just got home today after…are you sitting down? FIVE bypasses! Ykies! Thank God something “didn’t feel right” and he went in to see what was going on. Thanks for all you Loonies who sent prayers and good vibes for Revvie….prayers answered. Please keep sending them for his continued recovery.

  92. Bridger says:

    Soccer needs a flopping penalty

  93. David Reid says:

    Can’t give them free kicks and set pieces in dangerous positions.

  94. Ray says:

    It does but ref must call it.

  95. Bridger says:

    I just hurt my ankle typing that!

  96. Milo Hamilton says:

    Thanks for the update Jandy. I lit a candle for him this morning & will continue sending prayers his way. He’s being well taken care of.

  97. Milo Hamilton says:

    Now my least favorite thing, arbitrarily added time.

  98. Ray says:

    Stoppage time 4 minutes

  99. Jandy says:

    Thanks Milo…we want to make sure we have our Revvie around.

  100. Ray says:

    5 minutes

  101. Jandy says:

    Woop woop!

  102. Arriba Wilver says:

    He appeared yesterday and told us, but thanks for keeping us informed. Whenever I hear “catheter” test that’s what I think, bypass. They used to do that angioplasty thing, but you don’t hear about that much anymore.
    Anyway, Lucky’s been living right (even if he wanted Polanco to come up sooner). ;-)

  103. John says:

    We rip the refs when they screw up, but let’s give this Argentinian and his assistants some major props. Not a single controversial call this whole game.

  104. Arriba Wilver says:

    I think you should mix it up by doing it bottom to top. ;-)

  105. Eric Bowser says:

    All you had to do was keep the ball in the corner/off. zone… unreal

  106. Clint says:

    Damn does that sting

  107. Jandy says:

    Lol AW. I couldn’t get into my e-mail yesterday at all…and the blog.wouldn’t load either. So I missed Revvie being on. I’m just thankful he’s home and doing ok

  108. Dejan Kovacevic says:


  109. Milo Hamilton says:

    That stinks. Maybe someday they’ll learn to time the game properly.

  110. Clint says:

    Bradley the terrible, terrible give away that allowed that last rush

  111. David Reid says:

    What a cross from Ronaldo, the greats just need one chance to swing a game and he did it. All they had to do was keep the ball. That’s all they had to do. You can’t let them have it and invite pressure, because eventually the dam will break. And it did.

    Right Jurgen, you have to pick the players up from that. Good luck with that task….. (and goodnight America)

  112. Well, Rinaldo tied it at the last moment, but the US still had that great second half and they still have chance vs. Germany on Thursday.

  113. DJ says:

    Yes, Bradley muscled off the ball at center field.

    Followed by terrible D by Cameron not accounting for his man before Rinaldo pass.

  114. Arriba Wilver says:


  115. DJ says:

    . . . otherwise I thought Bradley played well.

  116. Jim S. says:

    That was a great cross by Ronaldo, but he was just awful, overall, for the 2nd straight game. Many mis-hit shots, lack of effort, no interest in defending.

    He has to be less than 100%.

  117. Jim S. says:


  118. Jim S. says:

    Yeah, if you fake enough injuries during the game you get rewarded with plenty of extra time. Very silly aspect of soccer.

  119. David Reid says:

    Messi yesterday, Ronaldo today. The great ones can stink for 90 minutes then just come up in the clutch to change the game. That’s what they do and that’s what he did tonight

  120. Jim S. says:

    Thanks, Jandy!

  121. Eric Bowser says:

    Basically for USA to not advance, they have to lose to Germany and Ghana has to win by 3 goals or Portugal 6-0.

  122. Jim S. says:

    But, it didn’t do Portugal much good. They aren’t going to advance and he has made one play in two games. They needed a win.

  123. Jim S. says:

    The US is probably still in pretty good shape, but that was a painful ending. It’s always a struggle for the USMNT.

    And, I just watched the end of the Brewers-Rockies game. Oh, the way the Brewers won. Rockies player heading home with the certain run to cut the lead to 6-5 and he just stumbles and falls between 3rd & home and gets tagged out. The next guy up hits a HR that would have tied it. Ugh! There’s something very strange going on for them in about half of their wins.

  124. DJ says:

    Didn’t make immediate connection that Cameron had the failed clearing effort for first goal.

    He also didn’t account for Varela coming down the field as Rinaldo took the pass. Was watching Rinaldo all the way.

    Completely lackadaisical play.

  125. chethejet1 says:

    So lets see, Brazil speaks what Language and what team is now still in the draw? Rumors flying of fixing games.

  126. Cameron, you’re saying?

  127. Come again? Really?

  128. Like any Brazilian would care about Portugal… :)

  129. Cobra39 says:

    Oh man, I’m gutted after that loss. Still, things look pretty decent for the U.S. to move on out of group stage.

  130. That if the US loses by a goal. The more they lose, the less Ghana or Portugal have to score. If the US loses by three goals, Ghana has just to win — Portugal would still have to win by two or three goals, depending on goals scored.

  131. Cobra39 says:

    As far as I know, this isn’t true. It’s all about goal differential in ties so Ghana is -1 while the U.S. is +1. Assuming a U.S. loss and a Ghana win, the U.S. can’t lose by more than one goal. Portugal at -4 would have to win huge against Ghana to advance. Basically, root for Portugal.

  132. Come on, Alex. We all know you’re exactly the same people. You all have necks, don’t you? See? All the same.

  133. Arriba Wilver says:

    The guys on the Portugal blog are saying the same thing.

  134. Arriba Wilver says:

    There is that German thing. ;-)

  135. JohninOshkosh says:

    Nate Silver, the greatest human being who ever lived, calculated that the probability of the USA advancing is 76%.

  136. DJ says:

    Yes, DK. Cameron caught flat-footed as Varela breezed by him.

    Sorry about Ronaldo spelling — gotta keep that straight.

  137. ANd two eyes and one nose and one mouth and… OH WAIT! Maybe there IS a conspiracy going on!

  138. Darrell27 says:

    Is there not another tie breaker scenario since the US defeated Ghana head to head?

  139. Bizrow says:


  140. War_Horse says:

    Even though he had a lackluster game on the field for nearly 90 minutes, Ronaldo showed his superlative skill in providing the perfect cross that created the tying goal for Portugal. The British and American commentators on the BBC described “two average teams” who made so many mistakes on the field it revealed their ineptitude. Still, they agreed, it was an exciting game with the most dramatic finish.
    Do not count on the USA team doing well against the Germans, though they were only able to get a draw with Ghana. They will be gunning for something like the 4-0 drubbing they handed Portugal earlier in the competition. America has seven German-born players in the team and a German manager (Klinsman), but don’t expect it to get them past one of the most dominant, disciplined teams in Europe.

  141. War_Horse says:

    I really would not bet on it.

  142. Arriba Wilver says:

    Hard to bet against Nate. Unless he’s wrong, of course.

  143. Jim S. says:

    If the game is tied late, that plays into the hands of the US a bit, as a draw is all either team needs to advance. They won’t want to risk a late mistake that could doom their chances.

  144. Stetson says:

    Loved the column DK! I’m not the biggest soccer guy (I follow the BPL a bit, and follow US soccer every 2-3 year cycle from qualifying through the World Cup), but I could never for the life of me understand why people in this area in particular hated the sport so much. Soccer is such a beautiful game.

    On to the US though. Man, could Michael Bradley be any worse? Such a disappointment today and also last match vs. Ghana. Aside from the turnover in the midfield during ET that led to the Ronaldo counter and game tying header and the mishit on the empty goal (which were both egregious enough), Bradley also did nothing to help the US attack when they were moving the ball forward.

    Today, although he completed 60/69 passes, most of the 9 he didn’t were costly. For example, his passes in the air never seemed to find their mark and his passes in the midfield, like the one on the ground that went behind Dempsey when the US were on a counter (and a big 4 or 5 on 3 one at that) just weren’t up to par.

    Bradley was slated to be the difference maker this World Cup. Today, he was. For Portugal.

  145. Jandy says:

    My pleasure!

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