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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

June 22, 2010
CAN HE STOMACH IT?
Ailment sidelines Altidore from training

By Michael Lewis
BigAppleSoccer.com Editor

PRETORIA -- U.S. forward Jozy Altidore missed practice with a stomach ailment Tuesday, but he is expected to play against Algeria in the vital Group C match Wednesday.

"Jozy just wasn't feeling well," coach Bob Bradley said in a press conference. "He'll be fine tomorrow."

Altidore, 20, helped set up the U.S.'s equalizer in its 2-2 draw with Slovenia Friday.

The U.S. (0-0-2, two points) finds itself in a must-win situation against Algeria (0-1-1, one) in its final group match. A win and the U.S. would qualify for the second round for the first time since the 2002 competition. The Americans can advance via a tie, but would only move on if they finish with a better goal differential than England (0-0-2, two). The U.S. is plus two, England is zero.

Slovenia (1-0-1, four) leads the group.

If Altidore cannot play for some reason, LA Galaxy forward Edson Buddle would be expected to take his place in the lineup.

   
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