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AustinDawg
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Jozy Altidore and the MNT

Please correct me where I may be wrong, but in watching the USMNT, when Jozy is in, he looks like a really lazy, low-energy forward. He also comes across as thin-skinned and is an easy target for opposing players to target which then gets him yellow/red cards.

That being said, the USMNT offense seems predicated on having a striker that occupies space up top, and even if Altidore is lazy, it seems like we do better when he is in.

Am I wrong about Altidore? Maybe he does a lot that I don't see.

For the record, I think:
Dempsey should be a sub in the last 20 mins,
Bobby Wood has a good work ethic
Wondo should not see the field in word class play.

Do we just have a dearth of forwards?



pvilleguru
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Do we just have a dearth of forwards?

Yes, but Jozy is still a good forward for us. He's one of our best passers.

I don't think he's lazy, he just can't play a high energy, always pressing game.

He can have a short temper at times, but how many of our players don't?
This post was edited on 9/6 at 10:49 pm


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Broski
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re: Jozy Altidore and the MNT
If lazy is being on pace to break Donovan/Dempsey USMNT goal scoring record, then yeah, lazy.


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225bred
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re: Jozy Altidore and the MNT
Now that, my friend, is an elaborate & well dressed hook. Well done, chap, well done.


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cwil177
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re: Jozy Altidore and the MNT
Jozy is already our third leading scorer of all time. He isn't great at pressing but we don't do a good job of pressing anyway. His set up play, especially his passing, is severely underrated. He's also one of our better set piece takers.


Hester Carries
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He's also one of our better set piece takers.




outta nowhere too.


WhoDatNC
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Member since Dec 2013
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re: Jozy Altidore and the MNT
Strikers should score more goals than midfielders.


pvilleguru
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re: Jozy Altidore and the MNT
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Strikers should score more goals than midfielders

Yet a lot of ours don't.


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americanoutlaw
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re: Jozy Altidore and the MNT
I know FB comment sections are usually a wasteland, but it always blows my mind how negative people are about him. So many people think he should never play with the USMNT again. I love jozy, even if he is inconsistent and doesn't always put in great effort. He's had some truly dynamic showings and stretches for us and will be huge in the last two games of the hex


pvilleguru
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So many people think he should never play with the USMNT again

Yet they never say who should be starting over him.


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americanoutlaw
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re: Jozy Altidore and the MNT
That would require an understanding of soccer and knowledge of the USMNT that they clearly lack. I mean a lot of people also say that of Bradley...


Broski
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re: Jozy Altidore and the MNT
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I mean a lot of people also say that of Bradley...


And all he has done is be our 2nd best player since Bruce took over.


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pvilleguru
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re: Jozy Altidore and the MNT
Against CONCACAF teams, Jozy draws a lot of double teams, freeing up a lot of space for wingers/mids to make runs. I don't think we have another forward that draws that attention.


pvilleguru
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re: Jozy Altidore and the MNT
If you rewatch the CR and Honduras games, I think you'll notice how much it hurt not having Jozy.
This post was edited on 9/7 at 10:01 am


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lionward2014
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re: Jozy Altidore and the MNT
I don't have nearly the soccer knowledge a lot on this board have, but I think the pairing of Jozy and Bobby at the top give us our best chance to win. Jozy gives Bobby someone to run off of, and Jozy has good strength and speed.


pvilleguru
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re: Jozy Altidore and the MNT
He's most dangerous when he has people making runs around him, whether that is another forward (Wood/Dempsey), winger (Pulisic/Nagbe), or CM (Pulisic/Nagbe).


americanoutlaw
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Member since Jul 2010
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re: Jozy Altidore and the MNT
The most important aspect of the offense now is whether or not CP is in the 10. That's also a huge reason we sucked arse offensively in these last 2 games


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pvilleguru
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Against Honduras, no one was making any runs in the final 1/3. I don't know if that was because there wasn't room due to Jozy not drawing 2 defenders, poor field conditions, or just too hot.


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Broski
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He's most dangerous when he has people making runs around him, whether that is another forward (Wood/Dempsey), winger (Pulisic/Nagbe), or CM (Pulisic/Nagbe).



I've also noticed that he and Yedlin have a good on-field relationship especially when Yedlin is bombing down that right side and putting dangerous balls into the box.


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TN Bhoy
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re: Jozy Altidore and the MNT
NB4 Dalosaqy calls you a racist


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