KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The dreaded injury bug has caught U.S. forward Jozy Altidore once again and he will not be available for this summer's Copa América Centenaro.
Altidore's club team Toronto FC announced on Monday that he suffered a hamstring injury during Saturday's MLS game against the Vancouver Whitecaps and will be sidelined six to eight weeks. He was hurt while trying to take a penalty during the game.
The New Jersey native has been no stranger to hamstring injuries as he went down with the injury against Jamaica in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, forcing him to miss the final.
He suffered another hamstring injury in the first group game against Ghana at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and missed the rest of the tournament.
There was yet another hamstring injury during the 2015 Gold Cup and he was dropped from the team prior to the knockout stage.
Altidore, 26, was selected to the United States' 40-man preliminary roster for the Copa America. Now it is certain that he will not be a part of the official 23-man roster that U.S. Soccer must submit by Friday.
With Altidore out, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will have to choose from the likes of Clint Dempsey, Ethan Finlay, Jordan Morris, Christian Pulisic, Chris Wondolowski, Bobby Wood and Gyasi Zardes to lead the attack.