SAO PAULO — Jozy Altidore will miss the United States’ World Cup game against Germany on Thursday because of his strained left hamstring.

The forward was injured in the Americans’ opening 2-1 win against Ghana on June 16 and didn’t play in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Portugal.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Tuesday that if the Americans qualify for the knockout stage, “we’ll have a good chance to have him back again.”

Germany has four points and leads Group G on goal difference over the U.S. Portugal and Ghana, who also play Thursday, have one point apiece.

FIFA APPOINTS REF FROM UZBEKISTAN: FIFA picked Ravshan Irmatov of Uzbekistan to referee Thursday’s match.

Irmatov, a star referee at the 2010 World Cup, will have his third appointment in this tournament. The 36-year-old official also handled Mexico’s 3-1 win over Croatia in a qualification decider Monday.

Portugal vs. Ghana, the Group G match in Brasilia, will be refereed by Nawaf Shukralla of Bahrain.


COACH RESIGNS AFTER LOSS: Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said he is resigning after his team was eliminated from the World Cup following a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay.

Italy was reduced to 10 men by a red card for midfielder Claudio Marchisio in the second half, and Uruguay went on to score the winner in the 81st minute of Tuesday’s Group D match.

Prandelli, who criticized the red card decision, announced his resignation at the start of his post-match news conference. Minutes later, Italian Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete, sitting next to Prandelli, announced he also was resigning.

Abete said the federation would hold a meeting on Italy’s return to discuss Prandelli’s decision to quit, saying he hoped the coach would withdraw his resignation. Abete said his own decision to leave was “irrevocable.”

Ivory Coast

COACH TO QUIT, TOO: Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi will quit after his squad narrowly missed qualification in the World Cup with Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Greece. Lamouchi said he would not seek the renewal of his contract, which ended after the tournament.

The 42-year-old former France international took over the Elephants two years ago and started the match against Greece poised to make the knockout stage for the first time in three attempts. But the Ivorians were held back by the defensive Greeks, who rose from last place in Group C to qualify with a 2-1 win.