World Cup 2014: USA Needs Jozy Altidore To Step Up This Summer

By Taylor Sturm
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

An important player to the USMNT‘s run in the 2014 World cup to be held in Brazil is striker Jozy Altidore. Altidore is a striker for Sunderland in the English Premier League. He hasn’t been playing very well of late for Sunderland, but their defense is so terrible that his team rarely enjoys a lot of possession. Altidore’s move to Sunderland was questionable because of the success he had for Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar.

Altidore has had spectacular form for the USMNT recently, especially in World Cup Qualifiers. For all of 2013, he has scored 13 goals in 14 games and leads the team in scoring for 2013.

The United States wins games off of toughness, determination and never giving up, not flashy skills or big-name world players. Altidore embodies the hardworking mentality of the USMNT, and will be essential to any success that the USA has in Brazil. Altidore cannot slow down for the USMNT just because of his poor form with Sunderland. If the USA is to stand a chance of making it out of the group stages and into the knockout rounds, it will be on the back of Altidore’s scoring ability.

Not only is Altidore’s success essential to the USMNT’s 2014 World Cup dreams, but also to the success of future USA squads. At just 24 years of age, he’ll be around for the 2018 World Cup as well.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS or add him to your network on Google.

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