The United States Mens National Team has a deep striker pool. Jozy Altidore, Aron Johannsson, Eddie Johnson, and Terrence Boyd are all virtual locks for Brazil. However, the real question should be who would start.
Let’s with Jozy Altidore. The 24 year old Sunderland striker has had a nightmarish season for the Black Cats so far, scoring only 2 goals in all competitions. His form and confidence are shattered. He is now missing easy chances and merely blends in on the pitch. He is capable of taking over matches, as he did by scoring a hat trick for the US against Bosnia in August. Altidore is powerful in the box and has enough finesse to score virtually every time he has a touch. It is tough for Altidore to receive adequate service, so he has to make the most of his chances.
Aron Johannsson is currently on a scoring tear for Dutch side AZ. The 23 year old Icelandic-American has 12 goals in 27 appearances. He was recently linked to Stoke in early January, which fell through. Johannsson is tall, quick, and clinical. His one on one ability far surpasses Altidore’s. It has yet to be determined if Johannsson has the strength to play against the world’s best though. He certainly has outstanding talent to start.
So the verdict: should Aron Johannsson start ahead of Jozy Altidore? Jurgen Klinsmann has stuck with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Clint Dempsey under Altidore. However, I feel a 4-3-1-2 or 4-4-2 diamond with BOTH Johannsson and Altidore together would be