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By CAITLIN MURRAY
It seems there was one player on everyone’s mind Thursday: Cristiano Ronaldo.
With days of back-and-forth mixed signals on the reigning Ballon d’Or winner’s fitness, the latest came from his teammate, Portugal’s backup goalkeeper Beto who said Ronaldo was “100 percent fit” and “sick of reading things about him that are not true.” All signs now point to Ronaldo being ready to face the U.S. on Sunday.
But the U.S. Men’s National Team seemed to be trying to tune the chatter of Ronaldo out as they returned to training in Sao Paulo, Brazil. SBI’s Franco Panizo reported the team is keenly aware of the other threats in Portugal’s squad and are avoiding focusing too much on Ronaldo, even as they face having no Jozy Altidore.
For the U.S. Women’s National Team, however, there was a different player on everyone’s mind: Alex Morgan. In her second game back after a seven-month long injury, the star striker scored an outstanding brace for a draw that pushed the USWNT away from the brink of their first home defeat in a decade.
Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI today:
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
USMNT cautious of Ronaldo, but focus remains on full Portugal squad
U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Morgan’s return to form forces USWNT draw against France
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