Jozy Altidore ends drought in big way
[WORLD CUP 2014 COUNTDOWN] The USA beat Nigeria, 2-1, on a pair of Jozy Altidore's
goals to sweep its World Cup send-off series for the first time Saturday at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. The goals were Altidore's first in 27 games for the USA and Sunderland, dating back
U.S. Send-Off Series:
Altidore opened the scoring on a tap-in off a pass from Fabian Johnson, who broke through following
good work by Jermaine Jones and Alejandro Bedoya.
Altidore added a second goal with a clinic finish after being fed by Michael Bradley.
Jurgen Klinsmann continued to make changes
to his U.S. lineup, bringing DaMarcus Beasley back at left back for Tim Chandler and Bedoya for Brad Davis, who sat out team drills on Friday. But the big surprise was the addition of Kyle Beckerman as a second holding
midfielder alongside Jones.
TRIVIA. Tim Howard earned his 100th cap. He
is third goalkeeper to reach 100 after Kasey Keller (102) and Tony Meola (100).
NIGERIA NEWS. Nigeria's Monaco defender, Uwa Echiejile, was ruled out of the World Cup with a muscle tear and
has been replaced by Ejike Uzoenyi.
June 7 in Jacksonville, Florida
USA 2 Nigeria 1. Goals: Altidore 31, 65; Moses pen. 86.
USA -- Howard; Johnson, Cameron, Besler, Beasley (Chandler 75); Beckerman (Diskerud 73), Jones, Bradley, Bedoya (Zusi 60); Dempsey (Wondolowski 86), Altidore
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