Last night, the U.S. men’s national team scored a 1-0 victory over Honduras, continuing a streak of impressive play. Jozy Altidore — who has been a revelation of late — connected with the back of the net in the 73rd minute.
As little as two months ago the national-team career of Altidore, a forward, would have been considered a disappointment and perhaps even a failure. He’d been a classic frustrating player, showing great talent in short bursts but then going for stretches where you’d barely even notice he was on the field.
But after scoring in each of the past four games — all victories — and leading the U.S. to a two-point lead atop their World Cup qualifying group, Altidore and the rest of the U.S. men’s national team are turning heads and building expectations for the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
It almost makes you wonder: Do these guys remember they’re supposed to suck?