USA -- Howard, Johnson, Cameron, Besler, Beasley, Beckerman, Jones, Bedoya, Bradley, Zusi, Dempsey.
Portugal -- Beto; Pereira, Bruno Alves, Costa, A.Almeida; Veloso, Moutinho, Meireles; Ronaldo, Nani, Postiga.
Argentine Nestor Pitana, who teaches physical education, will be in charge of his second match at the World Cup. He refereed the Russia-South Korea game on Tuesday. He whistled four matches during the South American qualifier.
What an excitement! I have been assigned the match of Portugal vs USA, a match of high level and skill! I hope i can be up to the challenge.— Nestor Pitana (@NestorPitana) June 20, 2014
FiveThirtyEight has the Portuguese as slight favorites -- 36-35 percent edge with a 29 percent chance of a draw. Before Monday's game, the USA was a 40-32 underdog against Portugal. FiveThirtyEight has the USA's odds of advancing out of Group G at 63-37.
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Weather Report ...
Much has been made of the conditions in Manaus, but the weather report for the game -- 6 p.m. ET kickoff -- nothing like the conditions the USA faced when it played Honduras in San Pedro Sula to open the Hexagonal in 2013.
"I think we are very well prepared for this climate here in Manaus,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Saturday. “It’s similar to climates in Concacaf or Central America, or even if you go to Florida and play in Miami. It’s similar to what we experience here. I think we are very well prepared for tomorrow.”
Essentially inaccessible by road from the east, south and west -- the majority of transportation to and from Manaus is by boat or plane -- Manaus is the capital of the state of Amazonas. It was known as the "Paris of the Tropics" during the rubber boom, its heyday in the late 19th century and early 20th century. But boom quickly turned to bust when the British successfully transplanted seeds to grow rubber trees in the tropics of their colonial empire across Asia. The Brazilian government has offered tax incentives to encourage industry to move to Manaus and rebuild the economy. Along those lines, Manaus has invested heavily in using the World Cup to promote itself.
The Arena Amazonia, which seats 40,549 spectators, was built at a cost of $300 million. The local government views the stadium as a symbol of the new Manaus, but its long-term future is uncertain since the city has no top-level soccer club.
Inside Portugal ...
The Kick TV crew went to Lisbon to check out the seven hills and trams but more importantly the influence of Benfica and Sporting players on the Portuguese national team. It ventured outside town to visit Sporting's youth academy that produced Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani. It also visited Benfica's Estadio da Luz, where Freddy Adu started out his European career.
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG), Tim Howard (Everton/ENG), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/MEX), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg/GER), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/GER), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders).
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/NOR), Julian Green (Bayern Munich/GER), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas/TUR), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC).
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/ENG), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Aron Johannsson (AZ/NED), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).
Goalkeepers: Eduardo (Braga), Beto (Sevilla/SPA), Rui Patricio (Sporting)
Defenders: Bruno Alves (Fenerbahce/TUR), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid/SPA), Joao Pereira (Valencia/SPA), Pepe (Real Madrid/SPA), Neto (Zenit St. Petersburg/RUS), Ricardo Costa (Valencia/SPA), Andre Almeida (Benfica).
Midfielders: Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce/TUR), Joao Moutinho (Monaco/FRA), William Carvalho (Sporting), Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev/UKR), Ruben Amorim (Benfica), Rafa Silva (Braga).
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/SPA), Helder Postiga (Lazio/ITA), Eder (Braga), Nani (Man. United/ENG), Varela (Porto/POR), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas/TUR), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg/GER).