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World Cup live blog: June 24

Two games at noon, Italy vs. Uruguay and Costa Rica vs. England, followed by two at 4, Japan vs. Colombia and Greece vs. Ivory Coast.

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News to us: Jets Coach Rex Ryan is in Brazil cheering on Team USA

Matt Bonesteel
June 24, 10:14 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 24, 10:14 am

Jozy Altidore won't play for U.S. vs. Germany

(Dolores Ochoa/Associated Press)

(Dolores Ochoa/Associated Press)

SAO PAULO, Brazil — The U.S. men’s soccer team has zero interest in settling for a tie against Germany, Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Tuesday, but the Americans will have to chase those final three points in World Cup group stage play without Jozy Altidore.

Klinsmann said his star striker will miss a second game, still nursing a hamstring injury suffered in the tournament opener against Ghana.

“Jozy’s recovering really well. He’s doing a tremendous job,” Klinsmann said at a news conference prior to the team’s practice session Tuesday. “Our medical staff is on top of it. This game comes too early for him.”

Klinsmann said he’s hopeful Altidore will be available later in the tournament. But that won’t even matter if the United States can’t clinch a sport in the round of 16 on Thursday. The American squad needs at least a tie against Germany to advance. In some scenarios, they could lose Thursday’s match and still move on. Klinsmann said his squad has no intentions of leaving its World Cup fate to chance, though.

“We’re gonna play this game to win it,” Klinsmann said. “We are not made for going to a game to go for a tie. It’s just not in our DNA.”

Rick Maese
June 24, 10:19 am
  • Rick Maese June 24, 10:19 am

Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera has become everyone's favorite at World Cup

Mexico, a team that wouldn’t have even been in the World Cup had the United States not scored an improbable victory over Panama in CONCACAF qualifying, is now through to the round of 16 after Monday’s win over Croatia. Leading the charge is Miguel Herrera, El Tri’s burly, excitable, formerly mulleted coach who has become an Internet sensation.

Matt Bonesteel
June 24, 10:25 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 24, 10:25 am

U.S. finds time for some 'soccer tennis'

ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap is on the scene in Brazil with this important piece of U.S. soccer news:

Matt Bonesteel
June 24, 10:34 am
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Tiger Woods keeping tabs on the World Cup

Tiger Woods is addressing the media ahead of the Quicken Loans National. The Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan picked up this interesting nugget.

Matt Bonesteel
June 24, 10:36 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 24, 10:36 am

'Colbert Report' believes that we will win ... or tie ... or ...

Stephen Colbert opened Monday night’s show with a monologue on U.S. soccer’s tie vs. Portugal and calls “a foul on futbol for using its hands to grab my heart.”

David Larimer
June 24, 10:41 am
  • David Larimer June 24, 10:41 am

Lineups for Uruguay-Italy

Matt Bonesteel
June 24, 11:03 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 24, 11:03 am

Lineups for Costa Rica-England

Matt Bonesteel
June 24, 11:04 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 24, 11:04 am

Will Italy's Ciro Immobile save the day?

Ciro Immobile (Antonio Calanni/AP)

Ciro Immobile (Antonio Calanni/AP)

Quite possibly. Because Ciro Immobile is really, really good. He led Serie A with 22 non-penalty goals for Torino before completing a transfer to Borussia Dortmund.Yet until now, Immobile (pronounced e-mobil-ay) has not started for Italy in this World Cup. In fact, he’s only played a total of 17 minutes.

That will change today when he will join fellow attacker Mario Balotelli as they attempt to keep up with the one-man force that is Uruguay’s Luis Suarez.

“Ciro Immobile is a modern forward who knows how to attack deep, move between the lines and has a feeling for the goal inside the area,” Prandelli said Monday (via the Associated Press). “He’s a forward who helps the squad.”

Italy is looking to either win or draw with Uruguay to advance to the next round from Group D.

Marissa Payne
June 24, 11:49 am
  • Marissa Payne June 24, 11:49 am

Here are the knockout-round scenarios for Group C and Group D

(Reuters)

(Reuters)

Of Tuesday’s group-stage action, this much is known: England won’t be playing in Brazil anymore after Tuesday’s game against Costa Rica, which is guaranteed to advance along with Colombia. The other five teams in action all can extend their World Cups with the correct result. Check out all the scenarios here.

Matt Bonesteel
June 24, 11:52 am
  • Matt Bonesteel June 24, 11:52 am
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