USA Vs. Guadeloupe, Gold Cup 2011: USMNT Up On Jozy Altidore Goal

Nine minutes into their Gold Cup game against Guadeloupe, the United States have a massive 1-0 lead. It's exactly the start that they needed after their poor performance against Panama, and they can thank Jozy Altidore for the current score. Guadeloupe have pushed forward and actually put the USMNT under some pressure, but Altidore's goal should settle them down considerably.

Franck Grandel probably should have done a lot better than he did with Altidore's shot, but that's not to take anything away from Altidore. Though Grandel's positioning on the goal was poor, the goal came on an absolute bullet of a shot, ripped into the back of the net from 25 yards out, beating Grandel at his near post. It's never good for a goalkeeper to be beaten at his near post from distance, but there are a lot of very good keepers who would have failed to stop Altidore's shot, due to the incredible power he was able to put behind it.

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