United States Can Still Rely on Jozy Altidore
Holland's struggles have recently called into question how quality the USA win there actually was, so this was a good time for a friendly to appear on the schedule, and they made the most of it with a 2-1 decision over Peru.
And basking in the glory end of those two relentless build-ups was none other than the bruising Jozy Altidore.
But first came a moment of consternation:
Novel. How often does a central defender's back get used as an on-ramp? Omar Gonzalez could show a bit more bottle than that in attacking the ball. Brazil's next on the docket, and they'll surely see this as a soft spot.
The USA needed something special to get one back, but instead got bizarre:
Definitely a Barn d’Or candidate for this year. John Brooks must've been aiming for the hay loft.
So, where to go with the faux American sports analogies? How about this: after Brooks's missed field goal attempt, manager Jürgen Klinsmann went to the 'pen and called for his closer.
Better make that his power forward:
Jozy Altidore, the Dennis Rodman of football.
And no wedding dress was required for Altidore to pronounce this an American victory:
Rather polite of Peru for not speaking up on that one to keep track of his presence, opting instead to forever hold their peace.