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United States lineup features formation change ahead of Portugal match

Both head coaches have been forced to alter their lineups thanks to injuries and/or suspensions.

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The U.S. Men's National Team will attempt to secure its place in the Round of 16 by defeating Portugal at the Arena Amazônia in Manaus on Sunday. It's going to be hot and humid, which will just add to the overall challenge, so here's how the two teams will begin the match.

USA-Portugal preview

With Jozy Altidore unable to play due to an injured hamstring, Jürgen Klinsmann has chosen to change up his formation to a 4-2-3-1, playing Clint Dempsey as the lone striker up top. Graham Zusi enters the lineup in the attacking midfield. Alejandro Bedoya and Fabian Johnson will be on Cristiano Ronaldo's side of the pitch, but they'll need help from Kyle Beckerman, who will be called upon to do considerably more work than he did against Ghana.

Fábio Coentrão, Rui Patrício, and Hugo Almeida are all injured, and Pepe is suspended, which means big changes to the Portugal lineup. Up front, Hélder Postiga replaces Almeida in the center of the attack, while the new look defense includes Ricardo Costa in the middle and André Almeida at fullback. Beto takes over in goal for the injured Patrício.

United States lineup (4-2-3-1): Tim Howard; DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron, Fabian Johnson; Kyle Beckerman, Jermaine Jones; Graham Zusi, Michael Bradley, Alejandro Bedoya; Clint Dempsey.

Portugal lineup (4-3-3): Beto; André Almeida, Bruno Alves, Ricardo Costa, João Pereira; Miguel Veloso, Raul Meireles, João Moutinho; Cristiano Ronaldo, Hélder Postiga, Nani.