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Jozy Altidore says the 2014 USMNT would beat the current generation of players

The former striker compared the two sides and said that the 2014 squad would get the better of Christian Pulisic and co.

Jozy Altidore: “El USMNT de 2014 vencería a la actual generación”
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The current generation of players are set to become the greatest USMNT squad of all time, given that Gregg Berhalter’s side have not yet reached the heights that their potential hints at. However, with the World Cup 2026 on the horizon, one that will be played on home soil, the side looks ready to surpass those who have come before them and claim the crown of the best US team ever.

In an interview with CBS Sports, ex-Team USA striker, Jozy Altidore, assured that despite the greater individual quality that the USMNT has now compared to the past, the generation of which he formed a part in the 2014 World Cup was, player for player, a superior team.

Altidore’s generation ‘more complete’ than today’s squad

Altidore hypothesised that were the two sides to play each other today, his team would win.

Better is a weird word”, he said when asked which squad was the best, “more complete, I would say our generation (2014) in terms of position for position. Better talent-wise, individually, I would say this (2023) one now, but not everywhere, in certain spots.”

“If the two sides played each other at full strength”, he added, “I think ours would win.”

Do you agree with Altidore? Take a look at the squads below:

2014 USMNT squad:

Goalkeepers:

Howard

Guzan

Rimando

 

Defenders:

Yedlin

González

Besler

Brooks

Beasley

Johnson

 

Midfielders:

Bradley

Diskerud

Bedoya

Jones

Davis

Beckerman

Green

Zusi

 

Forwards:

Dempsey

Johnson

Wondolowski

Altidore

Most recent USMNT squad:

Goalkeepers:

Turner

Horath

 

Defenders:

Carter-Vickers

Richards

Robinson

Ream

Jones

Lund

Dest

Scally

 

Midfielders:

Maloney

Musah

McKennie

Cardoso

De la Torre

Paredes

Aaronson

 

Forwards:

Weah

Zendejas

Pulisic

Balogun

Pepi