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By DAN KARELL
The wait is finally over. Jozy Altidore is back.
For the first time in 27 games for club and country, Jozy Altidore found the back of the net, and did it on two occasions in the USMNT’s 2-1 victory against Nigeria. Altidore’s performance earned him SBI USMNT Man of the Match honors, as voted on by SBI editorial staff.
Altidore scored his first on a tap-in after a great combination play between Alejandro Bedoya and Fabian Johnson in the 32nd minute, and then Altidore finished his second with aplomb, powering past Nigerian defender Joseph Yobo and sending a blast past goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama to put the U.S. up 2-0 in the 68th minute.
Altidore beat out Jermain Jones and Michael Bradley for the honors.
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