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2014 World Cup: I would have scored against Ghana if I had lasted longer, says crocked USA striker Altidore

Published on: 17 June 2014
Jozy Altidore pulled up against Ghana early in the first half

By Ameenu Shardow

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Courtesy African Origin Travel and Sports Tourism

United States striker Jozy Altidore believes he could have scored against the timid Ghana defence had he lasted the entire duration of their opening 2014 World Cup game.

The 24-year-old burly striker had to be replaced after just 23 following a hamstring injury.

Altidore had been winning the physical battles against the shaky Ghana defence up until the time he was replaced to give the Black Stars’ back four some respite.

And even though his side went on to win the game, the Sunderland hitman believes he could have gotten in on the act had he not sustained the injury that forced him off early in the first half.

“I think so [feeling he could score against Ghana] I was feeling good but sometimes you have bad luck,” he told

“They [Ghana defence] were difficult and strong at the back but I think the first minute goal helped us a lot and it is always tough for any team to recover from such an early goal.”

Ghana will now have to derive positive results from their subsequent group games against Germany and Portugal in order to progress further in the competition.


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  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    June 17, 2014 07:58 pm
    Listen to this useless bulldozer of a striker saying he would have scored had he lasted on the pitch! Kwasia I wont blame him buh useless players like Boye & Opare who made this mediocre yanks look good. Two comedy of errors from two shit players (Boye & Opare) cost us this game especially Boye what a useless CB he’s become now no wonder he’ll be playing club football in Turkey next season. Just look at how the defense was open with ease with just a simple one two pass that resulted in Dempsey getting the 1st goal this should never happen to a team that wants to go far in a big tourney like the WC and as for the second goal John Boye again!!! This guy is becoming a liability rather than an asset to the team the earlier we look for better replacement the better. Jo Mensah also considering that cheap & needless CK which resulted in the 2nd goal for the yanks, though I gotta be fair to the chap cuz he kinda had a solid game. As for our clueless manager the least said about him the better, this is the third consecutive time that we’ve conceded an early goal in our games and we haven’t been able to recover though we nearly recovered in this game buh another loss of concentration later on in the game cost us. I mean cant this coach psych up the players mentally and let them know how crucial it is to be 100% focus in the game also what’s the role of the so-called psychologist in the team I mean doesn’t he know to do his job properly? Playing your best player @ LB when we have equally good options on the bench, look how dangerous KASA was whenever he surges forward he initiated the attack that got us the equalizer through Dede, and for him to be playing as a LB throughout the entire game when we needed creativity in the middle shows how clueless & tactically inept AA is. Tweaaaaa!! This man cant take us anywhere with this 17th century tactics of his goddammit!! For goodness sake the yanks didn’t had any clear-cut chances after they scored that early goal they only looked dangerous on the break, it was very evident that we were clearly lacking creativity in the middle. Imagine how dangerous we would have been with KASA, Dede, KBP & Sulley with Rabiu protecting the back-four but instead this clueless coach kept KASA on the left-back throughout the entire game. Also what was the need of bringing in Essien when Rabiu was playing even better? Also why take out Atsu who was lively in the game and bring in an ineffective Adomah what was the use? He could have at least brought in Afful to man the LB position so that KASA can move upfront and give us some more spark and creativity. Jordan has really improved a lot the chap has a good game it was just unfortunate that he couldn’t bury that chance he had latter on in the 1st half. Wasn’t Warris fit for the game? Why not make a double sub by bringing him on alongside KPB to put more pressure on the yanks and open their defense cuz were really limited in attack and that was how come we couldn’t convert the numerous chances we had despite dominating game throughout . Don’t get me wrong we played very very well buh lost the game from the bench and also due to some comedy of errors in defense especially Boye, as for Opare ooh boy this guy has been a huge disappointment whenever he dons the national colours. Its just unfortunate that we allowed this mediocre US team to beat us despite dominating the game from start to finish, this is the best squad we’ve assembled in yrs buh unfortunately this time around we gonna face an early exit from the WC courtesy our clueless & tactically inept manager. Our final two games against the Germans & the Portuguese are really gonna be difficult yes its 100% possible that we can beat them buh its gonna be a huge task especially when we have a manager that doesn’t have a system nor varies his tactics and make the right selection or subs.
  • Chukwe says:
    June 17, 2014 08:10 pm
    Jozi wishing you a speedy recovery.It would be a dream come true seeing you play against Germany n Portugal.
  • Thegreatest says:
    June 17, 2014 06:24 pm
    We need good barbers to cut down the prisonly hair styles of Ghanaians.
  • coyo says:
    June 17, 2014 06:28 pm
    That is his mind, but i still believe in the team. Go ghana go blackstar
  • Yoro says:
    June 17, 2014 06:05 pm
    look at this fool, you couldn't even score empty pool for sunderland...
  • wee ba says:
    June 17, 2014 05:24 pm
    Kwasia boy I don't blame you,akwasi appiah shame
  • GHANSON says:
    June 17, 2014 05:26 pm
    Shut tha **** up.. we are still progressing from the group no matter wat.. After bagging 6 points off Germany n Portugal we will see who laughs last n best... Up BLACK STARS.... VIM still dey cuz Germany are beatable... looking at the way they played against Portugal n the way we played yesty, we can do this...
  • benny says:
    June 17, 2014 04:02 pm
    Listen to that fool.How many goals did you score for Sunderland.Thank John Boye and his black stars team mate Opare. Over all thank AA for his excellent tactics. OMG......l have lost appetite.
  • Jox says:
    June 17, 2014 04:34 pm
    He is very correct..BS would have been punished so badly by this niqa. They should tank their dim stars he got injured + no 10x to the brutal and hagard looking ghanian defence.