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
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."