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Altidore cleared to train
September 3rd, 2013 3:14PM

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[HEXAGONAL COUNTDOWN] U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore, who sat out English club Sunderland's Saturday match at Crystal Palace with a hamstring injury, has been cleared by the national team's medical staff to resume workouts. An MRI evaluation of his right hamstring was normal.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was described as "optimistic" Altidore will be available for selection for Friday's game at Costa Rica in San Jose (TV: 10 p.m. ET, beIN SPORT).

The national team arrived Tuesday night in Costa Rica, where it was greeted with chants of "No Fair Play, USA," in reference to the Snow Bowl game the USA won over Costa Rica, 1-0, in March.

The Tico press is following the national team every step of the way, making sure Costa Rica fans know where to find their American visitors.

Al Dia reported that the national team's flight touched down on Costa Rican soil at 5:54 p.m. local time and it headed to the Marriott Hotel, where it is staying, at 6:15 p.m. It added the USA would train twice Wednesday (10:30-12:30 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m.) on fields owned by a local dairy cooperative Dos Pinos.

U.S. airport reception


CLINCHING SCENARIO. One scenario exists by which the USA can clinch a berth in the World Cup finals after the seventh day of the Hexagonal -- the same day it clinched in 2005 when it beat Mexico, 2-0, in Columbus.

The USA will clinch Friday night if it beats Costa Rica, Mexico and Honduras tie in Mexico City, and Panama loses to or ties Jamaica in Panama City.

JAMAICA CALL-UPS. New Jamaica coach Winfried Schaefer called up five MLS players -- Alvas PowellDonovan Ricketts and Ryan Johnson of the Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks and recent New England Revolution signing O'Brian Woodbine -- for the Reggae Boyz's games against Panama and Costa Rica.

Last-place Jamaica's recalled Marlon King and Chris Humphrey, who had both been kicked off the national team for breaking curfew last year, Luton Shelton, Jamaica's all-time leading scorer, and local star Jermaine Anderson, the leading scorer in the Red Stripe Premier League the last two seasons.

The only two new players in the squad are Wes Morgan (Leicester City) and Shaun Cummings (Reading), both based in the English League Championship.

Hexagonal Standings:
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/-
13 USA 4-1-1 7/3
11 Costa Rica 3-2-1 8/4
8 Mexico 1-5-0 3/2
7 Honduras 2-1-3 6/7
6 Panama 1-3-2 5/7
2 Jamaica 0-2-4 2/8

Hexagonal Schedule:
Sept. 6
Costa Rica-USA
Mexico-Honduras
Panama-Jamaica
Sept. 10
USA-Mexico
Jamaica-Costa Rica
Honduras-Panama
Oct. 11
USA-Jamaica
Mexico-Panama
Honduras-Costa Rica
Oct. 15
Panama-USA
Jamaica-Honduras
Costa Rica-Mexico


8 comments
  1. Dan Phillips
    commented on: September 3, 2013 at 6:59 p.m.
    I hope we do not revert to a shell mentality of "defense at all costs". Instead of the attacking, offensive mentality that we have adopted during our win streak. Keep attacking USA! And do not bunker down!

  1. Cory Leonard
    commented on: September 4, 2013 at 7:23 a.m.
    @Dan. This ain't Bradley ball anymore my friend. Having said that, it amazes me that the Costa Rican people tend to forget that both teams were out there playing in that snowstorm. They act like we had a strike force of football-playing Eskimos who only train in the snow and ice. Get over yourselves Ticos, and just play the damn game.

  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: September 4, 2013 at 11:17 a.m.
    Clearly, guest hospitality is not a valued characteristic in these other CONCACAF countries. What does poor sportsmanship buy you?

  1. Vince Leone
    commented on: September 4, 2013 at 12:46 p.m.
    R2 Dad: "Poor sportsmanship" buys you the possibility of a U.S. player succumbing to the pressure of a hostile environment and doing something stupid. Eddie Johnson is suspect #1.

  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: September 4, 2013 at 2:11 p.m.
    I have no problem with the antics. Our players, except for the newbies, are all used to hostile environments. I'm looking forward to see how they react on the field to the intensity of the fans and the players trying to avenge our cheating (by making it snow on the day of the last qualifier). I think they conveniently forget that it was the Costa RIcan players who were instrumental in NOT having the game stopped at the time. I thought it was a nice show of sportsmanship by them to say, "Let's play" when the refs tried to stop the game....

  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: September 4, 2013 at 3:38 p.m.
    I don't see why a MEX-HON draw is better than MEX outright beating HON. After a loss, HON would still have 7 pts and the US (with a win) would have 16. Panama who has to lose to JAM would still have 6 points. The 9 point gap over HON makes it impossible for HON to pass USA. With 8 points (after a draw with MEX), HON could still pass US with 3 wins. MEX's point total is irrelevant since win or draw the ycould still catch USA.

  1. Chris Snyder
    commented on: September 5, 2013 at 12:07 a.m.
    I would love for our team to play without inhibition, with attacking zeal, maintaining possession, and lightning speed of execution, resulting in total domination and a 5-0 win. However, this is all about results. We sometimes get caught up in being, in my opinion, "soccer snobs". Let our primary concern be the points. I don't care if the winning U. S. goal is a shot that goes in due to it deflecting off an oversized Toucan that happened to fly in front of the Costa Rican goalmouth (yes, there are a lot of Toucans in Costa Rica, although not do many near the stadium but hey; hopefully you get my point)! The business at hand is qualifying for Brasil 2014... we'll worry about "the presentation" afterwards.

  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: September 5, 2013 at 12:48 a.m.
    Let's face it, had CR come away with anything but the defeat in Denver, they would all be saving their col'ons for that Breckenridge annual pass, and waxing their snowboards!


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