Friday, June 27, 2014

Could he? Should he? Will he?

So Jozy Altidore has jogged for three straight days. Hmm. And in three more days he will try to bang with Kompany? Hmmmm.

I have taken to disregarding as whole whatever Klinsi says pre-game, because you never know what he is really up to with it all. He just becomes much more direct after games, I find. And none of that is meant as a knock; it is his party, and he can dance how he wants to.

Still, I suppose it is worth me hoping the striker could make a sub appearance against Belgium, if necessary. It seems awful quick for that injury to me, but of course, I am neither a doctor nor Altidore.




- Greg Seltzer

17 comments:

heythisisrobbie said...

Thanks for bringing this up, Greg. Are your sources saying anything about the situation?

What is a better option:

Starting him knowing that his hammy could blow at anytime, subbing in Bedoya, and letting Jones play target forward as a fallback?

Or bringing him on in the 60th knowing you could have to replace him at any second?

I think the former is the better option, essentially you're risking 1 sub versus 2. But I have no idea how that effects the mentality of the team. We went full-on shell mode when he went down against Ghana, and that is not an option against Belgium.

justinwkoehn said...

It all comes down to what grade strain it was (1, 2, or 3). If it was one, he may be healthy enough. Most observers have hypothesized a grade 2 strain, which usually has at least a 4 week recovery. A grade 3 is usually a rupture that requires surgery, so we can rule that out. If it was a minor, grade 1 strain, he may be healthy enough. Fingers crossed.

Greg Seltzer said...

You know as much as I do. But if I thought he was just going to pop it again, I would not play him. In other words, my thought is it would be deluxe if Belgium could take another early red card and we end up not needing him yet.

Tom said...

Diego Costa. That is all.

UnitedDemon said...

If/when he's able to start, it will be huge for the team. I think we have a chance against Belgium, but our chances would increase greatly if Jozy can go 90.

All I can say is, man, I want him back. Dempsey, Bradley, everyone would benefit from having him up top.

RobUsry said...

His life, his career, his world cup dream. If he says he's ready, put him out there and hope for the best.

Jacob Klinger said...

I don't think anyone would benefit more from a healthy Jozy being on the field Tuesday than Michael Bradley.

Greg Seltzer said...

Or how about Clint Dempsey?

dikranovich said...

I tell ya, deuce and junior would really benefit from having Jozy in the lineup, I mean why wouldn't they

dikranovich said...

Hey who says England are out? They still have Howard Webb

dikranovich said...

Belgique, Suisse, ticos And that could be the path to the finals for USA. That's doable, very doable.

justinwkoehn said...

The Swiss won't beat Argentina.

downintexas said...

Yeah and Costa Rica won't even get points out of their group.

Argentina should advance but the Swiss are playing very well.

dikranovich said...

Ruud just gave Michael thAt patent Dutch answer that they are one tenth the size of Germany. Gonna be good stuff tomorrow. World Cup glory would be more tasty by winning Argie, then Dutch, but we will take it anyway we can get it

Jacob Klinger said...

OK, yeah, maybe it would be Dempsey. I was actually talking with Will the other night. He made the great point that a Jozy return allows Bradley to drop deeper, but it also could give the team Dempsey cutting in from the left.

Isn't there a game against Belgium?

dikranovich said...

A win for Mexico is a win for concacaf, it's a win for USA. Greece and holland are a couple of nice scalps to grab for our region.

justinwkoehn said...

Mexico...what a wasted opportunity. Tough loss.