Bradley still on search for new USA strikers

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CHESTER,
Pa. – Jozy Altidore still can't find his scoring touch.

Three
days after scoring his 10th US goal against Poland, the young American
striker couldn't finish his solitary chance in Tuesday night's match against
Colombia at PPL Park.

Bob
Bradley, who thought his forward acquitted himself well vs. Poland, sounded less
enthused about the effort against the South American side.

"Tonight,
I didn't think he was as sharp," the United States manager said at the press
conference after Tuesday night's scoreless draw.

The
United States played a 4-3-3 in the first half and Altidore found himself
without service. When he did receive the ball, he was isolated by himself and
had trouble locating his teammates. It made for a frustrating night for the 20-year-old.

"Today
we tried something different but I don't feel comfortable with it, which is
normal," he said. "I myself wasn't the sharpest. I was real sloppy on
a lot of balls.

"[In]
today's formation you stay high and you hope that everything goes well and you
score three tap-ins. The 4-3-3 didn't go well for us today. But you have to
work on these things, you have to try them. If it works, it works; if it fails,
it fails."

On a
chilly night in Pennsylvania, the effort failed.

After
45 minutes, the US switched to a more traditional two-striker set with Eddie
Johnson joining the Villarreal forward. The pair had a bit of success playing
off each other, but they still couldn't be dangerous.

As
always, the lack of production from the US forward corps is a concern for the American
manager. Bradley
mentioned seeing flashes of "good things" from Charlie Davies
(pre-injury), Robbie Findley and Edson Buddle, but the search is far from over.

"We
continue to now size up different guys, different options, but the bottom line
still is that like a lot of countries in the world we continue to look for
players that we think at the international level can really have a presence and
score goals," Bradley said.

"That's an ongoing search for sure and we feel
we've got some different options but at the same time, it's an area where we'd
like to improve."

Left
unstated was the reality that no one on the list has stepped up and proved he
can thrive at the striker spot on a consistent basis.

Noah
Davis (@noahedavis) covers the United States men's national team for MLSsoccer.com.


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