In wake of Altidore's injury, Wondolowski or Johannsson?

In wake of Altidore's injury, Wondolowski or Johannsson?
June 20, 2014, 9:45 pm
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When it was announced that Jozy Altidore would miss the match against Portugal, the question lingers, and still does, who would replace him? Klinsmann's system was designed with Altidore in a position that only he could play. This leaves Chris Wondolowski, and opportunistic striker, and Aron Johannsson, a more technical striker.

“Jozy is a special player," said US striker Chris Wondolowski. "You can’t [replace Altidore] -- that’s like saying, ‘Hey go be Cristiano Ronaldo’. You can’t necessarily replace certain aspects of it but I think that both Aron and I bring different styles, different sets of skills that I think are useful and I think that’s what we have to do is incorporate those skills sets and also be able to fit into the game plan as well. Just like Aron said, we’re going to have to do certain things that Jozy didn’t and did do, and we’re also going to have to be able to incorporate our style as well, so it’s just kind of managing those two things.”

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Altidore is a big physical striker that is capable of holding off multiple defenders, as well as sending slick passes into the box. He can be possession based as well which is an ultimate package that combines both Johannsson's and Wondolowski's skills.