Sunday 8 June 2014


Altidore scored his first goal in 2014 for club or country just after the half-hour mark to break his goal-scoring drought on Saturday with a brace to condemn Nigeria’s Super Eagles to a 2-1 defeat against the United States in Jacksonville can reveal.

The defeat means the Super Eagles will head to Brazil without a win in any of their pre-tournament friendlies with the loss at EverBank Field following draws with Scotland and Greece, a contrast to the Americans who recorded three wins in as many games.

Both coaches made changes for their final pre-World Cup friendly with Klinsmann choosing to play all three of Michael Bradley, Kyle Beckerman and Jermaine Jones in midfield for just the second time in his tenure.

For Nigeria, coach Stephen Keshi promoted Joseph Yobo, Juwon Oshaniwa, Ramon Azeez and Shola Ameobi, who replaced Elderson Echiejile, Kenneth Omeruo, Ahmed Musa and Emmanuel Emenike from the starting line-up against Greece on Tuesday, meanwhile Echiejile has been ruled out of the World Cup with after it became clear that he wasn’t going to shake off the injury he picked up in the game against Greece.


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