ALTIDORE CREDITS BELIEF FOR US WIN
A never-say-die attitude by the United States national team earned them a win over Algeria in miraculous fashion and for striker Jozy Altidore, it all has to do with the belief they have in each other.
"The mentality of our players is great," Altidore told YA after the match. "We all believe in each other and we believe in our abilities."
That faith is a quality that has long been preached by US head coach Bob Bradley who has developed a cohesive unit of 23 players which the New Jersey native says keeps the squad fighting until the final whistle.
"I think the leadership is good here," Altidore said of Bradley and his staff. "With that, you're never out of any game."
Entering second half stoppage time, both teams were headed towards a scoreless draw until goalkeeper Tim Howard heaved an outlet pass to Landon Donovan who forwarded a ball to Altidore that ultimately resulted in the scintillating game-winner.
For the Villarreal man, the focus displayed by him and his teammates on the play justified the goal.
"It was all about executing and making sure we did everything perfect," he said of the run-up to the goal. "Landon played the ball into me I played it across, Clint made a good run and it fell to Landon who scored it in."
The trio of Dempsey, Altidore and Donovan had their fair share of chances during the first 90 minutes, yet time and time again their efforts came up short due to some bad luck, poor officiating and brilliant goalkeeper by Algerian netminder Rais M'Bohli.
Still, the Algerian defense allowed the US to be creative while holding possession which Altidore says was a big key in their attacking strategy.
"I think we did what the game dictated," he explained. "[Algeria] let you do alot with the ball in terms of turning and stuff like that so we had to take advantage of that by running at people and creating danger."
Despite the frustration endured by the 20 year old forward, including his miss from close range in the first half, Altidore notes that he could not be more content that things worked out.
"For me and for everyone else it was frustrating," concluded Altidore. "At halftime I said, ‘We're going get another chance. We're going to win this game...' So I'm just happy we created another chance and won the game."