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Altidore returns to full practice

By Liz Clarke

U.S. forward Jozy Altidore returned to full practice Tuesday, four days before the team's highly anticipated World Cup opener against England, team officials confirmed.

Altidore, the 20-year-old striker upon whom much of the U.S. offense depends in the tournament, sprained his right ankle during a collision with a teammate during training last Wednesday. He didn't play in Saturday's final tuneup, a 3-1 victory over Australia. And he only did limited work during a light practice Sunday.

But he told a team spokesman that he felt great after Tuesday's session.

"It's a little sore, but I had no issues participating in all the exercises today," Altidore said. "I'm happy to be part of the group again."

The Americans, drawn in Group C, open play against England Saturday in Rustenburg. That's followed by a June 18 match against Slovenia at Johannesburg's Ellis Park and a June 23 date with Algeria in Pretoria.

By Liz Clarke  |  June 8, 2010; 2:03 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: 2010 World Cup, Jozy Altidore, U.S. team  
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Comments

Young ankles FTW!

Posted by: JkR- | June 8, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Great news. Altidore has a lot of pressure to preform - let's hope he's able to come through. And I also expect to see Buddle paired with Altidore up top - it would be a shame if Bradley did something else.

Posted by: nairbsod | June 8, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Why can't Bornstein pick up a knock?

Posted by: EssEff | June 8, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm surprised Bornstein didn't develop some sort of "injury" after the Turkey match which forced him off the roster, allowing another defender to join the 23.

Posted by: DrBeaker | June 8, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

DrBeaker - Who would you replace him with? Pearce? Heydude? Someone else you had in mind?

Posted by: mason08 | June 8, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Was that John Terry I just heard yelling "$_it!!"?

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 8, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Oh and thanks for the update, Liz. You too SG (just spreading the love).

Keep up the good work, team.

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 8, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Team prediction:

--------------Howard-------------------
Dolo----Goodson----DeMerit----Bocanegra
----------Clark----Bradley-------------
----------------Edu--------------------
--Dempsey---------------------Donovan--
-------------Altidore------------------

Clark and Bradley sink back to help absorb pressure. Edu would be left to do a lot of midfield marking and running. Dempsey and Donovan able to freelance and find counter attacking runs with Jozy.

Posted by: Kev29 | June 8, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Was that John Terry I just heard yelling "$_it!!"?

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 8, 2010 3:12 PM

Why, did he get caught shagging someone's girlfriend again?

Posted by: Kev29 | June 8, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Kev29 | June 8, 2010 3:28 PM


Pull Clark, slide Edu back, insert Holden, and let Holden, Donovan and Dempsey switch between left center and right....

Yahtzee!

Posted by: JkR- | June 8, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Kev29,

If the US were to lineup that way (which, come on, it's Bob Bradley—not happening), I'd rather see Torres in the Edu position, and Edu where you have Clark. Rico is a red card waiting to happen against England.

Posted by: Kenobi | June 8, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Pull Clark, slide Edu back, insert Holden, and let Holden, Donovan and Dempsey switch between left center and right....

Yahtzee!

Posted by: JkR- | June 8, 2010 3:33 PM

I was just thinking that too. Plus, that's a bit more (Bradley's preferred) 4-4-2 if you have Donovan playing up top with Jozy (though he certainly would drop back to find the ball a lot).

Posted by: Kev29 | June 8, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

--------------Howard-------------------
Dolo----Goodson----DeMerit----Bocanegra
----------Edu----Bradley-------------
--Dempsey---------------------Donovan--
--------Altidore--Findley/Buddle-----

Findley's speed will be an asset. If not for attacking purposes, for defensive ones.

2nd Half? Depends on the score, but take out Findley, move Dempsey up top, insert Holden into midfield. Torres for a defensive mid (probably Edu as Bobby just won't take his son out) if we're down, or if we're up but not showing any possession.

Posted by: delantero | June 8, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

The Brits on Saturday will be lobbing corner kicks into the box and foward Peter Crouch can be deadly deflecting headers into the net. Someone on the USA back line (Oguchi?) needs to consistently mark Crouch off those lobs to win the match. If they cover as badly as they did against the Aussies the Americans will be punished. The offense is fine, the back line is worrisome. Go D for the victory!

Posted by: jstonewrite | June 8, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how you can not play Buddle. He's the hot scorer right now.

I would pair Bradley and Torres in the central MF. Let Donovan and Dempsey play on the wings. And I suppose if we must have Altidore put him and Buddle up front.

The defense is a bit of a crapshoot. My guess is it will be 'Dolo Gooch Demerit Boca

England are vulnerable at the back like we are. So we should attack them. Both teams may well be looking to counter-attack. England may have a slight advantage there. I think it will be entertaining. That 4-3 score I saw on another thread doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility.

Posted by: fedssocr | June 8, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Whoever plays needs to contest service into Rooney. Just don't let him get the ball. That should be easy :).

Bradley used to be pretty easy to figure out. Now? Not so much. I really have no idea who will start other than Howard, Boca, DeMerit, Donovan, Dempsey, Altidore and M. Bradley.

Posted by: delantero | June 8, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Over-under on who gets Jozy's ankle first: Terry, Rio or Rooney?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | June 8, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Over-under on who gets Jozy's ankle first: Terry, Rio or Rooney?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor

I'll bet money Rio won't do it!

Posted by: DrBeaker | June 8, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

DrBeaker - Who would you replace him with? Pearce? Heydude? Someone else you had in mind?

Posted by: mason08

Yeah, that's a good one. I don't profess to have that answer, but I'd hope we have a few guys in the wings who won't allow players to get around the corner on them ad lib. I think Bornstein was exposed in the Turkey match. Teams would be targeting him, for sure.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou108 | June 8, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

On ESPN Classic tomorrow-5 games involving USA and ENG:

USA/MEX 2002
USA/POR 2002
ENG/ARG 1986
ENG/ARG 1998
USA/COL 1994

Note that in all of these games USA wins, and ENG loses-think that's an omen?

Posted by: targetmedia | June 9, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure if it's an omen, but I'm sure it's ESPN talking smack.

Posted by: mason08 | June 9, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

What will the English defenders think when the mighty US striker Jozy Altidore is fully fit? Oh no not that striker that scored 1 goal in 28 matches in the EPL. Oh dear how can we ever stop such a goal scoring machine?

Posted by: csd1 | June 9, 2010 5:04 AM | Report abuse

I'd love the English defenders to think that. Hull was a bottom-dwelling, dysfunctional team last year. Jozy saw minimal playing time and had no service. Now, he has Donovan, Dempsey et al. to pass to him.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 9, 2010 6:13 AM | Report abuse

6 players for Hull scored more goals than him. He has scored 3 goals (Buddle and Gomez scored 2) for the USMNT in the last year. He only scored 1 goal in 5 games in the Confederations Cup. I think the current estimations of his greatness are a figment of the collective imagination of the USMNT fans wishing upon a star for a great striker. I too was under the spell until about a week ago.

Posted by: csd1 | June 9, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

I am not saying he doesn't have the potential to be great but right now in current form he is not a prolific goal scorer that are offense depends on.

Posted by: csd1 | June 9, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

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