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Truth be told, no matter how hard a team tries to mark Cristiano Ronaldo out of a game, he has the talent to score goals anyway. If the U.S. really want to make him a non-factor, the best idea would be to keep the ball away from him in general.
If America can be dominant the middle of the pitch and dictate play, Portugal will struggle to give Ronaldo the looks he likes. Midfield play will be more important than ever, and Klinsmann has to make sure he has the right players on the pitch.
Above all else, the U.S. must be sure to play their game through Michael Bradley. He is the one who pulls all the strings to create, but he can also keep possession well, which will significantly limit Ronaldo's time on the ball.
With Bradley and the rest of the midfield working to keep possession, Portugal will be forced to defend deep and hit on the counter.
Ronaldo has shown that he loves counter-attacking, so America will have to be ready to cover his runs when he does get the ball in his own half.
It definitely won't be easy, but it can be done.
Stopping Cristiano Ronaldo will never be an easy thing to do. The U.S have to realize that if Ronaldo is feeling well, he will be a dangerous threat and will get chances. But there are options to limit his influence on the pitch if Klinsmann's side can execute their plan perfectly.
A trip to the next round is on the line for the U.S., and it all hangs on stopping the world's best player.
Will America be able to stop Cristiano Ronaldo? Will the U.S. make it out of the group? Leave your thoughts and comments below!