August 14, 2013
Jozy Altidore leads 4-3 win for U.S.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Jozy Altidore continues his torrid pace for the United States National Team. Altidore notched his second career hat trick and became the first U.S. players to score a goal in five straight games, helping the Americans to a 4-2 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday.
|Jozy Altidore registered his second career hat trick, with three goals against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday.
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After not scoring for the U.S. in more than a year, Altidore began his string against Germany in U.S. Soccer's Centennial Celebration in the nation's capital. Since then, he has scored in World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica, Panama and Honduras.
Down 2-0 at halftime, the U.S. scored four unanswered goals, getting the first from Eddie Johnson. Altidore scored the next three goals, including one off a brilliant direct free kick, to give the U.S. its first come-from-behind victory on European soil.
The win extended the U.S.'s record winning streak to 12 games, which is currently the longest string of victories in international competition. The USA's 13 victories in 2013 also tie a record for a calendar year, matching the win total in 2005 and 2009.
Bosnia-Herzegovina built a two-goal lead in the first half, starting with Edin Dzeko scoring off of his own rebound in the eighth minute. Dzeko stayed onside with his initial run up the middle, dribbled to his right, hesitated and then hit a right-footed shot that U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard saved with his body. The rebound immediately ricocheted back to Dzeko, and with Howard positioned well off of his line, Dzeko's left-footed shot bounced into the back of the net.
Bosnia added to its lead when Zvjezdan Misimovic crossed the ball from the right to Vedad Ibisevic and he headed home in the 30th minute. Ibisevic cut in front of U.S. center back Geoff Cameron and drove his well-struck header past Howard, who partially tipped the shot with his glove.
Johnson cut into Bosnia-Herzegovina's lead in the 55th minute as Michael Bradley started the attack with a pinpoint deep ball from midfield to Altidore. The spinning pass held up perfectly for Altidore, who was able to tap it with his left foot just in front of charging Bosnia-Herzegovina goalkeeper Asmir Begovic providing Johnson with an open net for the easy finish from near the top of the penalty area.
Altidore did the rest for the USA, starting with a whipping left-footed shot inside the right post to tie the score at 2-2 in the 59th minute. Fabian Johnson set him up, nutmegging the defender to dish to Altidore on the left side before the U.S. forward lashed his shot just inside the right post.
Altidore notched his second goal in the 84th minute with a free kick over Bosnia-Herzegovina's six-man to give the USA a 3-2 lead. Altidore's powerful shot hit the upper left corner of the goal, giving Begovic no time to react.
Two minutes later, Altidore struck again as Bradley slipped a perfectly weighted ball through for him near the top of the penalty area. Altidore split the Bosnia defense and fired to the right side of the net to complete the hat trick. With the three goals, he now has 20 career goals for the National Team and sits all alone in seventh place all-time.
The hat trick was the 16th in USA history and the second this year, following up Chris Wondolowski's three-goal effort during a 6-1 victory against Belize on July 9. Altidore's other career hat trick came against Trinidad & Tobago during a 3-0 victory in FIFA World Cup Qualifying on April 1, 2009, in Nashville, Tenn.
Dzeko scored his second goal of the match in the 90th minute to cut the USA's lead to 4-3, but his header inside the far right post was not enough for Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The U.S. MNT resumes 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on the road when it faces Costa Rica on Sept. 6 at Estadio Nacional in San Jose. The game kicks off at 10 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on beIN SPORT.