Associated Press  |  Last updated October 15, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 05: Jozy Altidore speaks to the media during a press conference to announce the New York Red Bulls and Spanish La Liga runner-up, Villarreal CF, have agreed in principle to a transfer fee prior to the game against Chivas USA at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands on June 6, 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)
Jozy Altidore was picked to captain the U.S. national team for the first time in Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier at Panama. The 23-year-old forward, who plays for Sunderland, takes over from goalkeeper Tim Howard, who was captain for Friday's victory over Panama at Kansas City, Kan., and then returned to Everton. Clint Dempsey, the regular American captain, is missing these qualifiers because of injuries. The U.S. already has earned its seventh straight World Cup berth.
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