Jozy Altidore scores in his hometown as U.S. draw with Honduras
Building on a promising performance in the U.S.'s 1-1 draw against Ecuador, Jozy Altidore scored his first international goal since the hamstring injury that quickly ended his World Cup experience in Brazil and he did it in his hometown of Boca Raton, Florida. Altidore's slotted the ball between the keeper and the near post in the 10th minute of the U.S.'s friendly against Honduras after an exceptional display of chest control and a cut inside. All together it was a confident bit of play that will hopefully carry over to the club level when he rejoins Sunderland, where he has just one goal so far this season.
As the ambling match wore on in a half empty stadium with the atmosphere befitting a friendly played three months after a World Cup, Honduras eventually took advantage of the U.S.'s lackluster performance and scored an equalizer from a set piece in the 86th minute. That makes two matches in a row where the U.S. have blown a 1-0 lead in the final minutes of a friendly.
The result ultimate did not matter, though. More important was the fact that coach Jurgen Klinsmann continues his tinkering with the team at the start of a new World Cup cycle. With the book officially closed on Landon Donovan's international career, Klinsmann had five members of his World Cup squad back in the fold — including captain Clint Dempsey. Klinsmann opted to try Jermaine Jones at center back — the most jarring move in a starting XI that also had Mix Diskerud at defensive midfielder and Michael Bradley playing in a more advanced role.
Though Jones showed that he can collect yellow cards as a member of the back line just as consistently as he can in the midfield, he performed better than expected for most of the match. Diskerud, however, seemed to have more trouble adjusting to his new role.
All in all, the most memorable aspect of this game will probably be the fact that despite all his struggles in the last couple years, Jozy Altidore now has 24 international goals, putting him joint-fifth with Joe-Max Moore on the U.S.'s all-time list. And he's still just 24 years old.
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