USMNT report card: Altidore dices Honduran defense in 1-0 American win at Rio Tinto

Published: Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:52 a.m. MDT

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Starter: Jozy Altidore

Altidore has two jobs. The first is to get on the end of passes and apply the finishing touch, a feat he accomplished in the 73rd minute for the match's only goal. The second is to lay the ball off when he gets it in a position when he can do nothing with it. He also performed that task admirably.

Altidore provided a massive physical presence at the top of the American formation, and in many ways served as the USA's lead enforcer. He also checked back numerous times to regain possession after it had been lost, frequently leaving his spot at the point to help the U.S. in the midfield.

Altidore has now scored four goals in four international games for the United States Men's National Team, a feat few have ever accomplished wearing the stars and bars.

"It's not only that he's scored those goals," Klinsmann said of Altidore. "The work that he does for the team is awesome. He shifts the defenders to the side. He chases them down. He wins balls back. That energy from Jozy is very important to our team. We always told him from a coaching perspective that it takes a lot of hard work, it takes a lot of adjustment, it takes the right moment to be there, it takes hunger, and the energy he's put in over the last four or five games has been tremendous."

It's impossible to provide Altidore with any negative marks given his goal and the overall lack of service from the USA midfield. He made solid runs into space and got free of the defense regularly. He was clearly bigger and stronger than Honduras' depleted back line, and when the moment of truth came, Altidore was clutch, giving the Yanks the goal that all but sends the U.S. into the 2014 World Cup.

Grade: A+

Man of the match: Jozy Altidore

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