MRI Evaluation is Normal; Klinsmann Optimistic Striker will be ready for USA-Costa Rica on Sept. 6
CHICAGO (Sept. 3, 2013) — U.S. Men’s National Team striker Jozy Altidore has been cleared to resume workouts after a full evaluation from the medical staff. An MRI evaluation of his right hamstring was normal.
U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is optimistic Altidore will be available for selection when the U.S. faces Costa Rica on Sept. 6 in San Jose, where it will seek its first away win in qualifying against the Ticos (10 p.m. ET, beIN SPORT and ESPN Deportes Radio).
On Sept. 10, a sold-out crowd including more than 9,000 fans in the supporters sections will pack Crew Stadium in Columbus to watch USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio.
The United States currently sits in first place in the Final Round of qualifying, collecting 13 points from six matches. There is a scenario in which the U.S. could qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup following the Costa Rica match. In order for that to occur, the U.S. must beat Costa Rica, Mexico must tie Honduras, and Panama must lose or draw against Jamaica.
The U.S. is riding a record-setting 12-match winning streak that began June 2 with a 4-3 victory against then second-ranked Germany in the Centennial Celebration Match and includes three wins in World Cup Qualifying and six straight victories en route to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship.