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By IVES GALARCEP
SANDY, Utah– People will remember the goal, the oh-so-important game-winning finish that helped the U.S. Men’s National Team defeat Honduras on Tuesday night, but there was so much more to Jozy Altidore’s performance, a stellar outing that was the perfect cap to an outstanding run of matches for the young striker.
Altidore pressed Honduras defensively, looked to combine with his teammates at every opportunity, made himself available in the penalty area on multiple occasions, and came close to scoring on a few occasions.
Altidore’s effort helped set the tone for a strong second-half surge for the Americans, who rode Altidore’s goal to an ugly, but well-earned 1-0 victory in a performance that earned Altidore SBI USMNT Man of the Match honors.
Altidore beat out a strong field of candidates for the designation that included Fabian Johnson and Michael Bradley, who both turned in strong efforts as well.
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