The United States will be without Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore when they take on Scotland on Saturday. Jurgen Klinsmann announced on Friday that Dempsey would miss the match with a slight groin injury and that Altidore would miss because he just recently returned from the Netherlands.
The absence of Dempsey means that Klinsmann and U.S. fans will have to wait even longer to see Dempsey and Donovan play together under the German manager. Since Klinsmann took over the team last August, the two American stars have not been on the same team, with one of the two missing each match through injury or a need to rest. Additionally, almost the entire U.S. attack under Klinsmann has been through Dempsey, meaning the Americans will have to find a new way to create chances against Scotland.
Altidore's absence will provide a chance for one of the team's other strikers to step up. There is no doubt that Altidore is the Americans' first choice striker, but there is a big hole behind him. Whether it is Chris Wondolowski, Herculez Gomez or Terrence Boyd, the U.S. needs one of the two to step up and provide competent backup to Altidore and Saturday will be an opportunity for one to show they can do it.