Report: Altidore (hamstring) had Grade 2 tear, return was unlikely

Jozy Altidore's 2014 World Cup ended shortly after it began, thanks to a hamstring injury.

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United States forward Jozy Altidore says he suffered a Grade 2 hamstring tear in the team’s Group G opening win over Ghana.

Altidore, who added that he wouldn’t have been able to return to action until later in the tournament had the U.S. advanced, was a guest Thursday on ESPN’s "Mike and Mike" radio show Thursday morning.

"It was a terrible moment for me because I’ve done it before in my other leg in 2011. That was a really bad one and left me out a month. I knew with this one it was similar and I was going to be out a while in terms of the tournament," Altidore said.

Because of the injury, Altidore was removed from the Ghana game and never saw any additional action. In the days before the United States’ Round of 16 loss to Belgium, coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Altidore would be ready and available for the knockout round, but the forward never entered the 2-1 loss.

"I had such high expectations for my team and for myself. I was really excited about the opportunity of playing against some of the world’s best players and making my mark but, at the same time, everything happens for a reason and I am committed to getting better and being a player on this team that can take us to the next level," Altidore told ESPN.