The United States men’s national team’s second game of group play is against Portugal. The European team is led by soccer super star and arguably the best player on the planet, Cristiano Ronaldo.
It is going to be difficult for the United States to advance from their group, which has been labeled the “group of death.” Still, getting a result from the group stage is important.
“In some ways, it’s almost magnified for us because we don’t play in European championships,” midfielder Michael Bradley said, via U.S. Soccer’s website. “We don’t have a ‘Copa’ America. Obviously, our Gold Cups are important, but we also have to be honest and say that they aren’t on the same scale as those tournaments. And so, for us, the big chance comes once every four years. The work at the end of the day gets put to the test at the World Cup. And, on one level, you can say that it’s such a small sample size because obviously there’s so much that goes on for four years, in terms of work and training and games that you hope pays off.”
Bradley continued: “You relish the opportunity to play at the highest level and to have a chance where now all eyes are on you and the spotlight comes on. It comes with the territory that now, regardless of anything else that’s happened over four years, this is the ultimate test and we are excited about that.”
Want to watch the United States and Portugal square off in Group G action? Here is all the information you need to watch:
Date: Sunday, June 22
Time: 6:00 p.m. ET/11:00 p.m. BST
Venue: Arena da Amazônia
Location: Manaus, Brazil
TV Info: ESPN, BBC One (UK), ESPN Deportes, Univision (Spanish)
Radio Info: Sirius XM FC, ESPN Radio, BBC Radio 5 Live (UK), Univision Radio (Spanish)
Live Stream: Watch ESPN / BBC iPlayer (UK) / Univision Deportes (Spanish)