After Ghana bounced the United States from the 2010 World Cup, one thing was clear. The USMNT was desperate for a forward who could put the ball in the back of the net.
In South Africa, none of the team's goals were scored by a forward. Jozy Altidore, long viewed as the team's next big thing in terms of goal scoring, was nowhere to be found.
When Klinsmann took over, the trend persisted. Altidore was netting goals in club play, just not when wearing a United States jersey. Altidore continued to struggle until the calendar turned to 2013.
Then, in a friendly against Germany, Altidore finally broke through and scored his first goal in the Klinsmann era.
In the team's next contest, a World Cup qualifier against Jamaica, Altidore netted another. In the USMNT's next two qualifiers, facing Panama and Honduras, surely you can guess what Altidore did.
The USMNT won all three qualifiers, thanks in large part to the play of Altidore. The 23-year-old put the team in great position to qualify for Brazil.
The next time Altidore suited up for his country was a friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina. He was dynamic, earning a hat trick, setting a new team record by scoring in his fifth consecutive game and leading the U.S. to a 4-3 victory.
Clearly, Altidore is dialed in, and finally, the USMNT has its striker.