Jozy Needs a Partner

Turkey v United States

One friendly remains before England comes a-callin’ and the United States still needs to find a Charlie Davies stand-in. Jozy Altidore, the only forward on the roster with more than a handful of appearances for his country, needs a capable cohort to carry out Bob Bradley’s system. As we noted earlier in the week, Bradley’s 4-4-2 regularly requires forwards to provide service from the flank. With that in mind, here are Altidore’s potential partners:

Robbie Findley – Mike Bibby’s cousin might be the fastest player on USA’s roster and proved it on Saturday, causing fits for Turkey’s defenders. His service? A chipped pass to Landon Donovan – setting up USA’s first goal – was top class, but Findley was inconsistent, twice failing to even manage a pass before losing possession.

Edson Buddle – Buddle is the largest of Altidore’s potential running mates, and the LA Galaxy striker’s familiarity with Landon Donovan – they’ve been club teammates since 2007 – presents an intriguing option. His technical ability isn’t on par with the other forwards, but in the 4-2 loss to the Czech Republic he set up USA’s opening goal, earning a free kick while close to the touchline.

Herculez Gomez – The Barack Obama impersonator theoretically fits USA’s system better than Findley or Buddle, as he played on the wing for part of his MLS career. Admittedly, his time as a winger was not considered a success, but against the Czech Republic he did an adequate job supporting the attack from wide areas.

Clint Dempsey – Certainly the most accomplished option, and definitely able to provide the best service from the wing, Dempsey has seen success with both club and country when employed as a striker. However, he prefers playing left midfield and did not fare particularly well against Turkey (his first start with Altidore).

Of course, when all is said and done, these strikers will be judged by what they’re supposed to do best – score goals.

Gringos, which striker do you think has the best chance of supporting the attack from wide positions and finding opportunities to finish in the box?

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