Photo: Jozy Altidore and US teammates meet Sepp Blatter

Pele With Sepp Blatter

The ex-Sunderland striker was at FIFA headquarters along with the likes of Southampton's Cody Cropper and Bolton Wanderers defender Tim Ream ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Switzerland.

The US national team took a brief break on Friday from their preparations for next week’s friendly against Switzerland in Zurich to visit nearby FIFA headquarters, where none other than Sepp Blatter was there to welcome them.

The president of world football’s governing body is never one to miss a valuable photo opportunity, of course, and ex-Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore, Southampton goalkeeper Cody Cropper, Bolton Wanderers defender Tim Ream, LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes and Minnesota United winger Miguel Ibarra were the chosen few who were snapped with him during their meet and greet.

Only Altidore was lucky enough to be mentioned in Blatter’s subsequent tweet, however, although that’s perhaps forgivable considering the Toronto FC front man is the lone member of the group who’s been a regular in Jurgen Klinsmann’s side.

Galaxy hotshot Zardes was in the starting XI alongside him on Wednesday night as the team fell to a 3-2 defeat to Denmark in Aarhus, although the MLS star couldn’t make much of an impact on the right wing during his 67-minute outing.

Ream and Ibarra also failed to get on the pitch, as a Nicklas Bendter hat-trick gave the home side the win, while 22-year-old Cropper is still searching for his first US cap heading into Tuesday’s match against the Swiss at the Stadion Letzigrund.

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