October 11, 2014
MAKE IT A DOUBLE
USA notebook: Capped Altidore captains team again
Former New York Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore was given the captain's armband following the departure of Landon Donovan from Friday's 1-1 draw between the United States and Ecuador in East Hartford, Conn.
It marked the second straight time Altidore has served in that role. He also captained the Americans in their 1-0 win over the Czech Republic in August.
When Altidore was replaced by Chris Wondolowski in the 76th minute, he gave the captain's armband to the San Jose Earthquakes, making it a rare occasion in which three players captained the U.S. side in a match.
Same country, different club
Midfielder Jermaine Jones, who scored a memorable goal against Portugal in the World Cup in June, will be with the team for the first since signing with the New England Revolution this summer.
Goalkeeper Nick Rimando has never lost a game for the Senior National Team. The former Miami Fusion goalkeeper has posted a near-perfect 10-0-1 record.
With a place in the Starting XO against Ecuador, midfielder Mix Diskerud has reached double-digit starts for the national side.
After scoring his fourth career goal, the U.S. team holds a remarkable 17-1-4 record when Diskerud steps on the field.
First time (and start) for everything
Greg Garza earned his first start against Ecuador in his second appearance for the team, having made his debut in the victory over the Czechs. The Club Tijuana left back has competed for the United States at every age level, beginning with the Under-14 Boys' National Team.
Back and forth
Bill Hamid has backstopped D.C. United to a historic turnaround, the team becoming the first in the Eastern Conference to clinch an MLS playoff berth this season. A year ago, United finished the campaign with the worst record in Major League Soccer. Hamid will play with United against Houston on Sunday and rejoin the U.S. men.
Country over club
1860 Munich striker Bobby Wood has played five matches to start the 2. Bundesliga season. The 21-year-old native of Hawaii and former Irvine Strikers forward made his Senior National Team debut in the 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2013. He came on to replace the ailing Joe Gyau (sprained knee) in the 22nd minute Friday night.