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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, May 2, 2012
US international forward Jozy ALtidore was subbed out of today's AZ Alkmaar game with an apparent head injury.

Just weeks ahead of the US MNT set to open camp in Florida ahead of friendlies against Scotland, Brazil, and Canada followed by World Cup qualifying, Altidore's injury could be problematic for the US team.

Details of Altidore's injury are expected in hours and days ahead, but Dutch reports suggest that Altidore hit the sideline boards with his head and was knocked out unconscious.

Altidore is one of the few forward options Klinsmann has and the position is considered shallow. Others in contention are Santos Laguna's Herculez Gomez, LA Galaxy's Edson Buddle, Borussia Dortumund U23's Terrence Boyd, Kansas City's CJ Sapong, and Kaiserslautern's Andrew Wooten. New York's Juan Agudelo is expected to resume training this week but he has been out since Olympic qualifying in late March.
Thursday May 3, 2012 6:22 pm
If Altidore is out then Dempsey should play ST
Thursday May 3, 2012 3:44 pm
according to AZ his head is fine but he just has a huge bruise on his back. So I'm sure he should be ok to go in 3 weeks.
Cole Joseph
Thursday May 3, 2012 11:44 am
Wow this is really too bad. Best of luck for a speedy recovery my prayers go out to you man.

At this point I hope they dont call up Buddle now. He's been pretty bad for LA. This probably makes Herc a sure thing to get called up.
Herc, Boyd, Sapong, with Wooten maybe getting the call depending on how the rest of the roster shakes out.
Thursday May 3, 2012 10:37 am
Damn it! Have a speedy recovery Jozy USA needs you.
Thursday May 3, 2012 10:30 am
At this point in time I really don't see Buddle as an option. He is in terrible form at the moment. Altidore should be fine and ready to go. Here are the viable options in my opinion: Gomez, Wooten, Wondo, Cooper, Pontius, E.Johnson, and Boyd.

Gomez will be included regardless.
Gary Page
Wednesday May 2, 2012 5:37 pm
Concussions can vary greatly in severity and effect. He could be okay in a week, or it could be a month. Let's hope it's not serious. He's having a great season and altho some claim he's lazy, he certainly isn't showing it this year and seems to be a decent kid. Good luck Jozy.
Wednesday May 2, 2012 4:28 pm
ugggg, well let's hope for a speedy recovery. With Boyd's good performance with his limited time at the U23's mixed with his recent callup in the Italy game, i could see him as a viable option. Although i would much prefer Herc get a look as he is in excellent form. Agudelo needs to produce at the club level before i would throw his name into the pot.

Wooten is an interesting choice. Had his first Seniors appearance and netting a goal to boot. Then getting a 3 year contract. I would be interested in seeing what he's about, but i would also like to see him continue producing at the club level.

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