U.S. Men’s National Team star forward Jozy Altidore gave fans a scare last week as he was announced out of Sunderland’s fixture against Crystal Palace with a hamstring strain. The injury put Altidore’s involvement in doubt for this Friday’s crucial World Cup Qualifying encounter against Costa Rica.
Today, the team has received some good news.
An MRI of his right hamstring has revealed all is normal, clearing Altidore to resume workouts this week. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is said to be optimistic that the young forward would be available for selection against Costa Rica in a crucial match this Friday. Considering his current goal scoring form, it would be a boon for the U.S. who are seeking their first-ever away victory against Los Ticos.
Of course, the September 6th match is one of two vital qualifiers for the U.S. On September 10th, the team faces Mexico at Crew Stadium. The U.S. currently leads the Hexagonal table with 13 points through six matches and are near qualification for the World Cup.
PARKHURST IN, EVANS OUT
Having suffered a calf strain against Columbus last week, Brad Evans has been ruled out of this round of qualifiers. Klinsmann has called upon Michael Parkhurst to fill his spot.
Parkhurst started in five of six matches for the U.S. in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship, including the final.