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Altidore to get MRI Tuesday for strained hammy

Jozy Altidore is carried off the field after

Jozy Altidore is carried off the field after injuring his hamstring during the United States' Gold Cup quarterfinal match against Jamaica at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. (June 19, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

American striker Jozy Altidore will undergo an MRI exam Tuesday to determine the severity of the left hamstring injury he sustained Sunday against Jamaica in the Gold Cup quarterfinals.

Altidore made a run from left to right at the top of the box to chase down a through-ball in the ninth minute, but pulled up lame. He grabbed his leg and signaled for a substitution soon thereafter. Three minutes later, Juan Agudelo replaced him on the field, and Altidore's future for the Gold Cup was in serious doubt as U.S. officials classified his injury as a strain.

The U.S. defeated Jamaica, 2-0, to earn a berth in the semifinals, to be played Wednesday night in Houston (7 p.m., FSC). The Americans have set up a rematch with Panama, which defeated them in the group stage of the tournament.

Altidore entered the tournament with a boatload of pressure due to his recent goal-scoring drought. However, he answered the challenge by scoring in the opener against Canada and added a stunning strike in the third game against Guadeloupe. At 21, he has 12 career goals in 39 games for the USMNT.

We'll find out the extent of Altidore's injury Tuesday. Wednesday's match appears doubtful, but if it's a mild strain and the Americans advance, perhaps we'll see him again Saturday in the final.

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