Klinsmann: 'We're going to find solutions'

Jozy Altidore exited the 2014 World Cup with a hamstring injury and 2015 Gold Cup suffering from the lingering effects of a hamstring injury. He didn't even make it to the 2016 Copa Centenario, going down with a hamstring injury after missing a penalty kick for Toronto FC on Saturday.

U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Altidore's loss was "a big, big bummer," but he has plenty of options up front.

"It's a big blow for us and big blow for Jozy personally," said Klinsmann in a Facebook Q&A on Tuesday. "He's a very important player for us and not having him at the Copa America is a sad. It makes it difficult for us. To substitute a player like Jozy is very difficult. This is normal in soccer -- you have injury issues, maybe it is a red card or a lack of form. We're going to find solutions. We're happy to see other strikers right now being in a good form."

Klinsmann ticked off Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Bobby Wood and even mentioned that Gyasi Zardes can be used up front. The only other forward on the short list for the Copa Centenario is Chris Wondolowski.

Wood will be joined by three uncapped players Paul Arriola, Fabrice Picault and Amando Moreno as well as Julian Green as options up front for Sunday's friendly against Puerto Rico. Wood is considered the likely option to replace Altidore in the starting lineup, like he did in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Guatemala in March.

"Bobby did a huge jump over the last 12-14 months, in the club environment as well as with the national team," said Klinsmann, "so we hope he steps it up in the Copa America."

Wood, 23, just signed with Hamburg after scoring 17 goals in 2015-16 for second division Union Berlin. The breakthrough came nine years after he moved to Germany's 1860 Munich and five years after he made his pro debut.

"Clearly, it is a great message," Klinsmann said. "It is something you want for every player that they learn step by step to break through to the next level."
8 comments about "Klinsmann: 'We're going to find solutions'".
  1. Rusty Welch, May 18, 2016 at 11:47 a.m.

    Zardes? Wondo? Let's see.... we've got 1 (count-em) player good enough to see playing time at one of the best club teams in the world, Borussia Dortmund, and Christian Pulisic isn't even mentioned? Are Klinsmann (& Kennedy) paying any attention?
    I understand he's 17. Again - do we have ANYONE else that can / could get playing time with Dortmund's first team? No? Then maybe, just maybe, you go with your best players. Unbelievable.

  2. Vince Leone, May 18, 2016 at 12:40 p.m.

    Pulisic is a midfielder--not a forward--and JK is well aware of him, which is why he has been capped.

  3. Dan Phillips, May 18, 2016 at 12:45 p.m.

    It is good news actually that lazy-Jozy is out. He was worthless anyway. JK should have had a plan B. Once again he does not. And why was Brek Shea left off the roster? He is the perfect left back, and is playing well with Orlando. Klinsmann is an idiot.

  4. B W, May 18, 2016 at 2:13 p.m.

    Dan, Jurgen is the manager of the national team. He doesn't get to grow players in a lab. If you take issue with Wondolowski, Wood, Morris, and Zardes being the alternatives to start with Dempsey, then the blame is on the development system not the national team manager.

  5. Ric Fonseca replied, May 18, 2016 at 3:14 p.m.

    BW, well said. As I've said before, while Shea is a fairly good player, he does lack some pizzazz up front, in fact he reminds me of a UCLA player, back in the day, that is an almost double of Shea, tall, skilled, fast, and gangly who used his size while trying to bull his way through defenses like a bull in a china shop. Don't get me wrong, Shea is just not quite ready for the next level, perhaps in a year or so.

  6. Allan Lindh, May 18, 2016 at 2:20 p.m.

    Howard, Yedlin, Brooks, Besler? or Gonzalez? at other CB, Johnson, Cameron, Pulisic, Bradly, Dempsey, Woods and Jordan. That's our strongest lineup, time to see if they are ready.

  7. R2 Dad replied, May 18, 2016 at 5:28 p.m.

    Where is the creativity and ball-handling coming from? I think JK has to entertain a Nagbe or Nguyen in a diamond or 4-2-3-1. And since Jones is a JK favorite, maybe we'll see JJ and MB ahead of the back 4? This is for Russia, not the Copa.

  8. Rusty Welch, May 18, 2016 at 5:46 p.m.

    Vince - Pulisic is an attacking mid / winger as he's being used. He could easily step into the role.
    Ric - are you high? Brek Shea is a good player? Yeah, very good at turning the ball over! Ready in a year or so? Not likely since he has shown little improvement over the last few years.
    I was down on Zardes until the games against Netherlands / Germany, where he performed very well. Since then, again, not so much. 2 good games is not very impressive, the rest of the time he lacks touch and we give the ball away way too easily. Not saying someday he won't get better, but if that is who we are starting at this point, we are in trouble.
    Biggest issue: stop playing guys (Wondo, Jermaine Jones) that will definitely NOT be playing in Russia. It's useless and takes away development time for the guys that might go.

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