Will Jozy Altidore's Hamstring Injury Keep Him Out of 2014 World Cup Qualifying?

By Phil Naegely
Jozy Altidore
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One of the biggest storylines in EPL from Saturday was Jozy Altidore not playing for Sunderland.

Sunderland tweeted pre-match that he would not play due to a hamstring injury. In the end, Sunderland tied Southampton 1-1, but now soccer fans are wondering if Altidore will miss September’s 2014 World Cup Qualifying.

USMNT have a big September with matches against Costa Rica and Mexico. They currently lead the hex with 13 points, and can clinch a trip to the 2014 World Cup with four points in September.

Altidore’s confidence has been through the roof, and he has been arguably the best player on the pitch for the USMNT this year. He has scored in five straight matches, while the United States has won 12 straight matches.

If he missed time due to injury, then Jurgen Klinsmann would have to fill some big shoes.

Don’t worry USMNT fans. A U.S. Soccer spokesman told MLSsoccer.com that Altiodre will report to camp and his injury will be reevaluated at that time. Hopefully, his hamstring injury isn’t too serious by then, and Altidore will be on the pitch against Costa Rica.

If not, then players like Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan will have to step up in Altidore’s absence.

Altidore has been critical to USMNT’s successful qualifying so far, and if he misses time, Klinsmann will be forced to make some tactical changes. Hopefully, Altidore will be good to go and ready to score against Costa Rica on September 6.

With Altidore one yellow card away from a one-game suspension, missing the match against Costa Rica isn’t the worst thing with a match against Mexico four days later.

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