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Jozy Altidore makes bold claim that the 2014 USMNT would beat the 2023 USMNT squad

Jozy Altidore was a guest on CBS Sports’ show “Kickin’ It” and said that the United States men’s national team from nine years ago could beat the current squad. The 2014 USMNT vs 2023 USMNT question started a large debate on social media.

Jozy Altidore 2014 USMNT vs 2023 USMNT debate

It’s important to note Altidore conceded that the talent level of the current team exceeds the 2014 squad “individually in certain spots.” Here he’s likely referring to players like Christian Pulisic.

Here was how USMNT fans online reacted to Altidore’s take.

The 2014 squad had an admirable World Cup when they defeated Ghana, were seconds away from beating Portugal before drawing, narrowly lost 1-0 to eventual champions Germany and fell to Belgium in extra time to be eliminated 2-1.

Fast forward to present day and the USMNT had a somewhat similar World Cup. The U.S. had a decent 1-1 draw vs. Wales, an unexpected 0-0 draw against England, the big 1-0 win vs. Iran and then fell to a top European side in the Round of 16.

Veteran fans fondly remember the leaders like Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Tim Howard and others. Meanwhile the younger fanbase adores the rising sensations of Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Gio Reyna, Timothy Weah and company.

The battle between the two sides in their prime would be a joy to watch.

The18’s personal prediction if these two played? We’d say that a scrimmage between the two sides would end with a narrow 2-1 win for the 2023 squad.

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