With the Landon Donovan era officially done and dusted, Jozy Altidore appears to be making his case to be the new face of the US national team.
The Sunderland striker scored his side’s only goal in a 1-1 friendly draw with Honduras in Boca Raton, Florida, as a late Maynor Figueroa header from a free-kick denied the home team the victory.
Altidore’s struggles at the club level have been well-documented at this point, with the imposing front man finding himself behind both Connor Wickham and now Steven Fletcher in the pecking order at the Stadium Light, having netted just once in 34 top-flight appearances.
The 24-year-old has conceded that he will actively look for a move in the winter if he continues to be confined to the Black Cats bench but, while his reputation in England is far from glowing, he remains an integral part of head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s line-up.
Showing clear signs of what he can deliver on Tuesday night when on form, US fans were certainly encouraged by his performance judging by the reaction, and one would hope he can now build on a positive spell with the national team to help get out of his Sunderland slump.
Every time I see Jozy Altidore in action I can't help but think what could have been in Brazil if he was healthy.— Craig Bennett (@Cweg_Bennett) October 15, 2014
That dude Jozy Altidore is pretty, pretty pretty good. #usmnt— Garrett Quinn (@GarrettQuinn) October 15, 2014
Altidore is sooooooo good for USMNT— Jake. (@YedIin) October 15, 2014
Strikers goal by Altidore, impressive move, he needed that #USMNT— Dalen Cuff (@DalenCuff) October 15, 2014
That was a huge goal for Altidore. He needs confidence going back to his club team. Especially if he wants to move in January— Travis (@travis_nardella) October 15, 2014
Altidore has looked fantastic in these two friendlies. Too bad he can't get on the field for Sunderland.— Russell Smith (@RussellWNFZ) October 15, 2014
Altidore is so good for the US I can't understand why he doesn't get game time at Sunderland— Kyle Pepper (@Dr_Pepper3493) October 15, 2014
Altidore still isn't good enough for Sunderland, huh?— Will Land (@WillLand) October 15, 2014
What a great goal by and for Altidore! Sunderland you don't know what you have till it's gone. Give him minutes! #USAvHON— Dan Mayer (@MayerDan) October 15, 2014
Great passing, control, and goal. How does Altidore not play for Sunderland? #USA— Ron Driesen (@RDriesenUD) October 15, 2014
Altidore just needs to leave sunderland— Chris (@_KROOSified) October 15, 2014