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By CAITLIN MURRAY
As the U.S. Men’s National Team stares down a make-or-break match against Germany, they will again be without one their best assets: Forward Jozy Altidore. As expected, Altidore will not be eligible Thursday, although SBI’s Franco Panizo reported from Brazil that coach Jurgen Klinsmann left the door open on Altidore returning if the U.S. advances beyond Germany.
Meanwhile, the 2014 World Cup shocks keep coming, and the final round of Group D had more than one. First, CONCACAF’s Costa Rica won the group and advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time since 1990. It was a shock for Italy, who were surprisingly sent home in a loss to Uruguay. But to add insult to injury, Uruguay’s Luis Suarez appeared to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini — Suarez’s third time being caught biting opposing players — without being carded.
And Greece made some history in Group C, advancing to the knockout round for the first time ever whilst Colombia stayed perfect in their group.
Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI today:
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM:
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