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By CAITLIN MURRAY
As they enter the do-or-die World Cup knockout round, the U.S. Men’s National Team will need every weapon in their arsenal — and Jozy Altidore is a powerful one. After pulling his hamstring in the opening half of the U.S.’s World Cup campaign, it looks like Altidore could take the field again in Brazil. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Altidore is making progress and he’s optimistic for a return against Belgium, SBI’s Franco Panizo reported from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Major League Soccer is back in full swing after a break for the World Cup and Tim Cahill, having just returned from Brazil a day earlier, is already back in an MLS state of mind. The Socceroos striker helped his New York Red Bulls nab a late equalizer against Toronto FC at home. Meanwhile, Sporting Kansas City fended off the Portland Timbers to move into a tie for first in the Eastern Conference.
And Hope Solo is set to return to the pitch after a week of uncertainty due to her recent arrest for alleged assault. After Solo issued a public apology for the episode, her club, Seattle Reign FC, said she would be available for this weekend’s National Women’s Soccer League fixtures — but hinted Solo may face later reprimand if found to be at fault in the incident.
Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI today:
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Klinsmann optimistic about Altidore’s chances of playing vs. Belgium
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER:
Wright-Phillips late equalizer saves Red Bulls in home draw vs. TFC
NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE:
Solo issues public apology for arrest; club talks consequences as Solo set to return
Report: Boyd agrees to personal terms with Red Bull Leipzig