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The After Bar: USMNT 4 – Bosnia and Herzegovina 3

Jozy. That's all anyone needs to say. Jozy Altidore continues his amazing run of form carrying the United States men's national team to a 4-3 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo.

There were certainly other solid players on the field for the USMNT: Michael Bradley, of course, showing himself, as always to be the calm center of the universe; John Anthony Brooks looking like the future of the central defense; and Aron “Bacon” Johannsson putting in 27 minutes of creative attacking soccer. 

The first half, though mostly solid defense, put the U.S on both their back heels giving up quick strikes-off-of-silly-mistakes and down 2-0. The second half, with a few adjustments, would see Altidore own it, doing the hard work of settling Bradley's perfect over-the-top ball to nudge to Eddie Johnson. Altidore would then tally a hat-trick of goals in a diverse fashion: a left-sided blast, an amazing free kick, and hustle with a deft finish.

Heading into the home stretch of World Cup qualifying the Nats have all the momentum they need.

Next up on the road in Costa Rica on September 6 where the U.S has never won.


Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:
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Brian Sciaretta (New York Times)

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