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SANDY, Utah — Jozy Altidore’s goal Tuesday vs. Honduras was his fourth in the past four games, making him just the sixth US soccer player to have such a scoring stretch; before this surge, however, he had not scored an international goal since 2011, a puzzling drought that brought continued criticism, particularly as he began to score more regularly for his Dutch club team, AZ.
US coach Jurgen Klinsmann used a combination of tough love and blunt reality checks in an attempt to coax the best results from Altidore. He dropped Altidore from the US roster for two qualifying matches late last year, a decision that may have stirred Altidore, who scored 31 goals for AZ this season and, Klinsmann said, showed up for training with an obvious bounce.I