The United States men’s soccer team is set to continue their 2014 World Cup campaign this weekend with a big group match against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.
Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world, but that doesn’t scare off the United States defense — which was the team’s biggest weak point during their opening win against Ghana.
The USA expects Ronaldo to be in top form, but they are confident they can slow him down.
“We don’t make a big deal about Cristiano,” midfielder Jermaine Jones said, via MLS Soccer. “I think we are trying to make it our own game and if he plays on the left side, he will play against Fabian [Johnson]. We have trust in Fabian that he can stop him.”
The USA also plans on sticking together as a team.
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As we learned in the NBA Finals stateside, you need more than one player to come out on top.
Because of that, Jones and the United States will be drawing inspiration from the current NBA champion San Antonio Spurs and they hope to show that role to Ronaldo and Portugal’s Heat.
“The NBA finals showed how it works,” Jones said. “The [San Antonio] Spurs were the better team and that is why they won the championship.”
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