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Jozy Altidore has mild ankle sprain

U.S. starting forward Jozy Altidore did not practice Thursday after suffering a mild sprain to his right ankle the previous day, the U.S. Soccer Federation said.

Results of X-rays taken early Thursday afternoon were negative. Altidore will have a fitness test Friday to determine his availability for Saturday's friendly against Australia, the Americans' final tuneup before their World Cup opener June 12 against England.

By Steve Goff  |  June 3, 2010; 1:03 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Jozy Altidore, World Cup  
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Good thing they're housed in a place with quick access to fresh cow placenta.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 3, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh crap

Posted by: McBride33 | June 3, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

from earlier topic: how much you want to bet that north korean "keeper" gets a serious injury this week?

"Make it a clean break!"

Posted by: troy6 | June 3, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

John Terry just gave Rio Ferdinand a call...

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | June 3, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

No way Jozy should play Saturday. Give it a rest, be fit for England. "Mild" in this context is a gift, let's not see him aggravate it until he strikes the winning goal against England, at which point he can take the rest of the group play off and be ready for the round of 16.

Posted by: dccal | June 3, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Sit him. Give me Gomez and Buddle.

And Croftonpost, I found them at the local Dick's Sporting Goods, colored blue and black, not green and yellow.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 3, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. Gomez and Buddle, and can we please put Dempsey back in the midfield!

Posted by: harkes4ever | June 3, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

So...maybe he knew what he was doing taking it easy in practice!

Posted by: Wendell_Gee | June 3, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I second the "Oh Crap" feeling. Let's hope it really is mild and they're not just downplaying things. Paging Brian Ching. Please pick up your boarding pass....

Posted by: nairbsod | June 3, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Please....if someone got injured so badly that Ching got called in, then we're in deep trouble. He's the ultimate act of desperation. Bradley chose the correct forwards.

Jozy's young. He'll be fine. Go USA!

Posted by: DWE4 | June 3, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Mexico 2, Italy 0. Could have been worse for Italy as the ref missed a pk and Medina (?) missed a sitter.

Posted by: delantero | June 3, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"Mexico 2, Italy 0..."


With a player as talented as Guiseppe Rossi, I don't see how Italy could have lost.

Posted by: CDRHoek | June 3, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Ended up being 2-1 with a last minute goal. I turned it off after the second Mexican goal.

Mexico looks pretty good, despite losing to England and the Dutch. I expect them to get out of the group, possibly first.

Posted by: delantero | June 3, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha I thought you yanks said that football oh sorry soccer, was becoming big in America. I am looking at the U.S sports section in news on google, there is nothing until page 2 about the world cup and nothing about the U.S.A in the world cup until the 5th page. Look at the English sports section it is football sorry soccer, for the first 10 pages lol. And A lot of english people aren't fearing the united states but you have some good players. And Jozy Altidore what a shocking player, he could only play for Hull City FC a side that got well and truly demolished in the Premier League. You best bet is with Donovan as he actually played extremely well when he was at Everton and preformed brilliantly against Arsenal. Bring it on USA will be interesting :D

Posted by: duno_wot_im_doin | June 3, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Who knew the Brits actually knew how to use the internet and googles... I thought the only thing they could comprehend were those tabloids with the big pictures and words?

Posted by: DadRyan | June 4, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Something tells me Duno wouldn't be commenting on headlines of a paper from July 4, 1776.

Posted by: dsheon1 | June 4, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

I think it's funny that an English person (probably Welsh or something with no team in the Cup) would criticize us for using the term soccer - when it's a term the English invented. It was an abbreviation for a person who played Association Football - Assoc'er. We're also not the only country in the world that calls it soccer - Canada, Australia, New Zealand, at least parts of Ireland and South Africa (this year's host) also use the name soccer.

As for Altidore - being on loan to the Premier League, even a glorified Championship team like Hull, isn't a bad way to gain experience for someone who might otherwise have been riding the bench in Villareal. Hull was a bad side, and Jozy had mixed reviews there, but they had bigger problems than any striker was going to solve. He's still only 20, and if England is so untroubled by him, maybe they should just give him space around the box and see what happens.

Posted by: guggy_fresh | June 4, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

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