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Altidore leaves US game with hamstring strain

American striker exits with leg ailment in first half vs. Ghana
06/16/2014 7:16 PM ET
By The Associated Press

United States striker Jozy Altidore exited the club's World Cup opener against Ghana on Monday.(AP)
NATAL, Brazil (AP) -- Jozy Altidore has left the Americans' World Cup opener against Ghana after straining his left hamstring in the 21st minute.

The 24-year-old forward was running down a ball with Ghana's John Boye on Monday night when he lowered his head to attempt to control it, grabbed the back of his left leg and fell to the ground.

Wincing in pain, Altidore was taken off on a stretcher and replaced two minutes later by Aron Johannsson.

The Americans' other starting forward, Clint Dempsey, also left the game briefly after being kicked in the nose later in the first half, but he returned.

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