Jozy Altidore's Suspension Does Not Ruin USA's Chances of Victory Against Mexico

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 10, 2013

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Jozy Altidore of Sunderland looks dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Fulham at the Stadium of Light on August 17, 2013 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The United States men's national team will be without one of their most talented offensive players against Mexico in striker Jozy Altidore by way of a one-match suspension, but it won't derail their chances of winning the World Cup qualifier Tuesday night.

Altidore was assessed the suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards after picking up yet another in the Americans' 3-1 loss to Costa Rica. 

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a productive 2013 thus far, amassing seven goals in nine starts in all competitions. But coach Jurgen Klinsmann has no shortage of solid playmakers who can step into the position in the short term.

A huge impact in replacing Altidore could be Aron Johannsson. The talented striker is a new addition to Klinsmann's squad after changing sides from Iceland's team, and debuted against Bosnia last month.

The 22-year-old is no stranger to backing up Altidore, either. The two both play on Dutch professional team AZ Alkmaar, where Johannsson has excelled in replacing his fellow American teammate.

Johannsson is far from the only replacement the Americans boast. Also look for Eddie Johnson to play a major role in the offense in Altidore's replacement.

The 29-year-old Johnson is no stranger to the team and emerged as a solid generator of offense when he was able to take over the position in the Gold Cup. He could do more of the same against Mexico.

Plus, the Americans boast two incredibly creative players in Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey who are known for getting up on the attack. 

Dempsey has showcased an increased ability to shoot long-range shots over the past year or so, and that could potentially help the Americans if Altidore's absence prevents them from getting chances in the box.

Donovan will help to make up for the stinging loss of Michael Bradley (via New York Daily News), and help the team to still have some leadership in the midfield to rely on. 

One of the biggest storylines in the upcoming USA-Mexico showdown is the firing of Mexico's coach, Jose Manuel de la Torre (via Fox News Latino). It's a move that is sure to bring some added distractions to Javier Hernandez and company as they come in needing points. 

If Mexico can't rebound quickly from losing their coach, it will open up defensive breakdowns and put the Americans in a better position. Also after one of the better summers in the history of the team, USA's chemistry is through the roof. 

When players click with each other, it makes up for the loss of great individual performers.

There's no doubting that Altidore is one of the most talented players on America's squad and perhaps the most dangerous scorer, but with a by-committee approach, Klinsmann's team should be just fine.