Portugal World Cup roster: U.S. foe names its final 23-man squad; Quaresma cut
The final roster for the USA's second World Cup opponent is set in stone.
Portugal released its final 23-man World Cup roster Monday, with reigning Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo leading the way. Forward Ricardo Quaresma was among the seven cuts from manager Paulo Bento's original 30-man roster, along with goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, defenders Altunes and Rolando, midfielders Joao Mario and Andre Gomes and forward Ivan Cavaleiro.
Ronaldo is joined by Real Madrid teammates and defenders Fabio Coentrao and Pepe and Monaco playmaker Joao Moutinho. 22-year-old Sporting Lisbon midfielder spark William Carvalho, a reported Manchester United target, made the final cut, as did veterans Raul Meireles, Nani and Helder Postiga.
Here is Bento's final squad, which faces off against the USA on June 22 at Arena Amazonia in Manaus:
GOALKEEPERS: Beto (Sevilha), Eduardo (SC Braga), Rui Patrício (Sporting)
DEFENDERS: André Almeida (Benfica), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe), Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid), João Pereira (Valência), Neto (Zenit), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Valência)
MIDFIELDERS: João Moutinho (Mónaco), Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahçe), Rúben Amorim (Benfica), William Carvalho (Sporting), Rafa (SC Braga)
FORWARDS: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Éder (SC Braga), Hélder Postiga (Lazio), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Nani (Manchester United), Varela (FC Porto), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg)