Both TFC’s Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore were in action yesterday as the USMNT took on a tough opponent in Iceland.
The U.S. National Team took on Iceland yesterday in what was a thrilling encounter at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California. The game begun with a goal from Icelandic midfielder Kristinn Steindórsson in the 13th minute.
In need of a goal to tie it up, Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley stepped up and brought the United States back into the game after he sent an impeccable through-ball through to fellow teammate Jozy Altidore, who calmly chipped the ball over the committed Iceland keeper.
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This would be no easy game for the United States, however. The U.S would have to battle back once again after Iceland managed to go ahead just after the second half, as Aron Sigurdarson scored a stunning goal from just outside the box in the 48th minute.
The craziness continued when the States found their equalizer through 59 minutes. The USMNT completed their hull with another Bradley assist, defender Michael Orozco scoring the winning goal from a set piece. D.C United’s Steve Birnbaum managed to find the back of the net in the 90th minute to seal the win for the American’s.
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Fans of both TFC and the United States men’s National Team will be optimistic with both Bradley and Altidore’s performances. After this match, Toronto FC fans will hope that Altidore will be able to link up better with his striker counterpart Sebastian Giovinco, and that Bradley can bring the same quality he displayed yesterday to Toronto.
Fans of the United States will also be encouraged by Bradley’s inspiring play. But more importantly will be if Altidore can keep his form going. Hopefully Altidore can use this momentum to score in some meaningful matches for the Reds this upcoming season. The American striker has been unable to do so in recent matches, but after yesterday’s performance and the recent news that he has implemented a new diet to his training, this could be a good year for Altidore to turn his haters into believers.