While everyone will be talking about Jozy’s spectacular goal—and it was quite beautiful—what will go largely unnoticed were the little things Altidore did on Sunday.
On his opening goal, Altidore got the play started, working back for the ball and laying it off to Jones. Jones passed the ball to Dempsey, who found Graham Zusi for the service, and Altidore was there for the full-volleyed effort into the back of the German net—just the type of start to the game the U.S. desperately needed.
On the U.S.’ second goal, Altidore was cutting off one of the easy options for the Germans to work out of the back, and Jones’ pressure forced the German keeper into a terrible howler.
Shortly thereafter, Altidore again used some great holdup play to generate a U.S. chance. In the 20th minute, Jones found Altidore near the top of the 18. Altidore spun in traffic and put Dempsey in for a great chance, which was parried away by the German keeper.
On the U.S.’ third goal, Altidore did some nice work in the corner to find enough space to feather in a service for Dempsey, which he put away.
Heading into three important World Cup qualifiers, it was nice to see Altidore finally get his groove back.