Jozy Altidore's night has come to an end, but it sure was a productive one. The much-maligned striker put in a tremendous 73 minutes and it went much further than his goal and assist. He worked hard from the beginning, earning a dangerous free kick just two minutes into the match. He added good defensive pressure and smart, quick runs to the mix too. Overall, it was one of the better matches that Altidore has played in a very long time. Oh yeah, that goal he had and good assist on Clint Dempse's goal to make it 2-0 U.S. didn't hurt either.
Now Sacha Kljestan comes on for Altidore, allowing Dempsey to slide up top. While Dempsey will technically be a forward, he does drop deeper and the U.S. will really be playing with five midfielders now as they look to protect their 2-0 lead. Hold on here and the Americans can get the three points they need to open up Gold Cup play.