USA fans react on Twitter to Sunderland misfit Altidore's performance v Ireland

Jozy Altidore

USA fans took to Twitter on Tuesday night to react to Jozy Altidore's performance in the 4-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland.

The US men’s national team rounded off 2014 with a disappointing 4-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday night in Dublin, with head coach Jurgen Klinsmann left with a lot to ponder going into the New Year.

After Anthony Pilkington and Mix Diskerud traded first-half strikes, Ireland reclaimed the lead for good in the 56th-minute when Fabian Johnson played a poor pass near the US goal, allowing David McGoldrick to set up Robbie Brady for a close-range finish.

The home side poured on the pressure from there, with James McClean putting the game beyond doubt eight minutes before the end with a deflected shot past goalkeeper Bill Hamid, before Brady completed the scoring soon after with his second from a perfect free-kick.

While the visitors were missing key starters like Michael Bradley, captain Clint Dempsey and Jermaine Jones at the Aviva Stadium, their line-up was still one laden with veteran talent, with stand-in skipper Jozy Altidore admitting that his side failed to put up a fight.

“I think it was a good year but as we look towards a new cycle now it’s clear what we missed here: we missed a lot of bite, and it was just too easy for Ireland. At international level you can’t play like that,” he stated after the match.

“At the same time, it’s a learning curve, they are growing pains. We have to make sure that we’re learning and these things stop occurring as we go into 2015.”

After scoring from the penalty spot in last Friday’s 2-1 defeat to Colombia at Craven Cottage, Altidore had a few bright moments on this occasion too, dinking in a great ball for the US goal and smashing the crossbar with a shot just before the break.

Aside from those efforts, however, the Sunderland striker was once again isolated up top, and not quite as physical as he needed to be, with fans growing increasingly frustrated on Twitter at his inability to push on and become the talisman that his team need him to be.

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